Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)
On-line version ISSN 1982-0275
YAMADA, Midori Otake and BEVILACQUA, Maria Cecília. The psychologist's role in the cochlear implant program from the Hospital de Reabilitação de Anomalias Craniofaciais . Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2005, vol.22, n.3, pp.255-262. ISSN 1982-0275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2005000300004.
The purpose of this paper is to report the psychologist's role on the Cochlear Implant Program at the Hospital de Reabilitação de Anomalias Craniofaciais, Universidade de São Paulo, Bauru, developed by an interdisciplinary team focused on hearing impairment patients' rehabilitation. The psychologist's responsibilities are: case study, pre-surgical case, post-surgical management and rehabilitation follow-up. These four stages are permeated by a continuous task that concerns the patients' feelings, familiar relations and a careful investigation about the changes occurred in their and their families lives throughout this process.
Keywords : psychologist; aurally disabled; cochlear implants; deaf.