ERIC Number: ED029441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Effectiveness of Educational Audiology on the Language Development of Hearing Handicapped Children. Final Report.
Stewart, Joseph L.
Two groups of hard of hearing children entered educational audiology programs between the ages of 6 to 42 months. Of these, 12 children in a unisensory program (U-) and 16 in a multisensory program (M-) were evaluated for speech and language development after they had reached their fifth birthdays. Children in the experimental U-group were first tested for hearing and fitted with an aid, then were given auditory training at home and in group therapy sessions. At age 3, they were evaluated for placement in an enriched nursery school program, which also trained them primarily through the auditory sense. Guidance and psychological counseling were provided for the parents. Results indicated that the U-group was markedly superior on all measures of speech and language acquisition, although less so on the Templin-Darley articulation test. On all other measures (mean length of responses, mean of five longest responses, number of one-word responses, number of different words, and structural complexity score), results for the U-group appeared to indicate the advisability of unisensory management. Findings suggested that U-management may be of most benefit to children whose residual hearing extends into the high frequencies and whose hearing losses are relatively flat. (JD)
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Auditory Training, Exceptional Child Research, Group Therapy, Hearing Aids, Hearing Impairments, Language Acquisition, Multisensory Learning, Nursery Schools, Parent Counseling, Parent Participation, Partial Hearing, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Speech Skills, Testing
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO.