ERIC Number: ED167960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Reading Skills in Hearing-Impaired Children.
Hatcher, Catherine W.; Robbins, Nancy L.
Six primary and six intermediate grade students were involved in a study designed to describe the learning strengths and weaknesses of hearing-impaired children and the reading skills developed by them in the course of basal reading instruction. Because of the special communication problems involved in gathering data, an interdisciplinary team approach was used. The team included a reading consultant, an educational consultant specializing in the hearing impaired, a speech and language clinician, an audiologist, two classroom teachers trained to work with the hearing impaired, and a graduate assistant. Each child was assessed for auditory acuity and speech discrimination, vocabulary development, speech articulation, intellectual functioning, and reading skills. The results revealed that hearing-impaired children score significantly below norms for hearing children on language and reading measures, that audiometric measures indicate that phonic instruction is probably of little value, and that ratings of the children's performance by teachers are inconsistent with test results. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (28th, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, November 30-December 2, 1978)