Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Deaf and Hearing Persons With Language and Learning Challenges

By Pat Black-Gould
Published by Taylor and Francis Group

It was an honor to work with Dr. Neil Glickman on the Deaf Unit at Westborough State Hospital. During that time, I conducted research on my doctoral dissertation and examied the characteristics of the deaf patients served on on the inpatient unit at the hospital over a seven year period. As Dr.Glickman states in the book's Introduction, "Black's research finds that the key variable distinguishing among deaf clientele is not hearing loss, as the medical model would suggest, or language preference, as the cultural model would suggest, but rather language skill. She identifies language dysfluency related to language depriation as the key factor influencing psychosocial functioning, and she posits that deaf persons with severe language dysfluence are legitimately considered disabled. Their disability is not deafness. It is this language dysfluency."