The room was silent until the sign language interpreters translated of understanding the research of educating deaf children.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders hosted a lecture seminar on Wednesday night over the research findings and practices of educating and raising children who are deaf.
“I wanted to explain the research and practices of raising and educating deaf kids rather than politics and opinions,” said Dr. Marc Marschark, professor of National Technical Institute of Deaf and director for the Center for Education Resource partnerships.
The lecture, entitled “The Questions You Wanted To Ask But Never Did,” was held for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the area to educate them about the different research scenarios for educating their children.
There were various individuals in the audience, including parents of deaf children that wanted additional information on how to help their children.
“I came to the event because my son is deaf, and he’s asked why he’s deaf,” Maria Flores said. “So I came to find out more answers.”
Marschark was the Green Honors Chair speaker hosted by the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Dr. Marc Marschark is a professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and director of the Center for Education Resource partnerships, according to the TCU news and events website.
The parents Q&A was one of two free lectures that Marschark did on campus to share research information about deaf education in the last two d.
“The purpose of our program is to help deaf children become fully functional citizens in society,” assistant professor Teresa Gonzalez said.
According to the TCU news and events website, Dr. Marschark held an informational lecture, “Evidence-based Practice with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students,” on Wednesday in the BLUU auditorium.
That afternoon, he gave an interdisciplinary presentation titled “Educating Deaf Children: Has Elvis Already Left the Building” in the BLUU auditorium.
On Thursday, Dr. Marschark returned to the BLUU Auditorium to present “Deaf Children’s Language and Learning: What We Know and What We Think We Know.”