Graduation Date

Fall 2018

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

David Adams

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Chris Hopper

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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The purpose of this systematic review of literature is to evaluate the current balance levels in deaf and hearing-impaired children. Children with hearing impairments show balance and motor deficits mainly due to damaged or undeveloped areas of the vestibular system. The auditory sense plays a dynamic role in producing functional movements and motor coordination skills. Researchers founded that motor development skills are especially important to Deaf children because better skills lead to participation in Deaf sports as well as increased opportunities for social interaction. For children born or diagnosed as deaf or hearing-impaired, there is still the opportunity to keeping up with their peers through modifying of the learning environment. These capabilities are essential to the attainment of cognition, behavior, social speech, and development. Having the clinics, programs, and teachers understand the capabilities, limitations, and current level of abilities can help educators, paraprofessionals, and other specialist develop appropriate instruction, activities, lessons, and goals for deaf and hearing-impaired children. Recognizing the national need to improve physical activity, accessible assessments, and appropriate techniques can benefit children with hearing impairments in motor development and balance levels.

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