Sophie Shauli


Sophie Shauli, Ph.D. Student

Can science knowledge benefit people in their daily life? These questions arise, for example, when a family receives the diagnosis that their child has a hearing loss.

Previous research has shown that the chances of the hearing impaired child to fulfill his/her potential is to receive proper tools of communication with the hearing environment; moreover, good academic achievement also results in a better future for the hearing impaired child.

I believe that these goals will be achieved if the families acquire enough information and understanding of the problem and the possible solutions. It is not a simple task. The parents have to deal with a lot of medical, technological and audiological information during the first months of their emotional storm.

The main goal of my research will be to find out if this “headache” of reading and dealing with information is really a boost for a better future for the hearing impaired child.

I was born in Russia. My family moved to Israel when I was 4 years old. I was raised in Jerusalem. After I graduated with my B.Sc. in Biology from the Hebrew University, I married and moved to Haifa. I taught science and biology in Leo Beck junior high and high school. Simultaneously, I graduated my M.Sc. in science teaching and technology. My research explored the significance of computerized simulation in teaching the particle structure of matter.

In 2010, I chose to study special education in “Oranim” college due to personal circumstances.

From 2012 until now, I have been working with hearing impaired children and studying for my PhD at the Technion.


Engagement with Science among Parents of Hearing Impaired Children