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ERIC Number: EJ1095759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Sensitive Periods and Language in Cochlear Implant Users
Moreno-Torres, Ignacio; Madrid-Canovas, Sonia; Blanco-Montanez, Gema
Journal of Child Language, v43 n3 p479-504 May 2016
This study explores the hypothesis that the existence of a short sensitive period for lower-level speech perception/articulation skills, and a long one for higher-level language skills, may partly explain the language outcomes of children with cochlear implants (CIs). The participants were fourteen children fitted with a CI before their second birthday. Data about their language skills and the environmental conditions (e.g. Family Involvement in rehabilitation) were obtained over a period of three years. Age at implantation correlated exclusively with the ratio of errors of place of articulation, a phonological feature for which CIs provide insufficient information. The degree of Family Involvement was significantly correlated with the remaining language measures. We conclude that small plasticity reductions affecting lower-level skills may partly explain the difficulties of some CI users in developing language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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