Int. J. Rehab. Research, 1980, 3 (2), 244-246. Introduction: In order to overcome the handicapping conditions of the hearing impaired child various educational frameworks and programs have been employed in Israel. These frameworks parallel those existing in other countries with more and more effort being invested in mainstreaming and ‘normalization’ (Schle- singer, 1973; Ronel, 1973). In spite of these efforts educational specialists in the area of the hearing impaired have begun to question whether these educational and vocational programs, especially most elementary programs, axe adequate for the total hearing impaired population (Bolton, 1971).