ERIC Number: EJ775078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Neuropsychological Correlates of Vocabulary, Reading, and Working Memory in Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants
Fagan, Mary K.; Pisoni, David B.; Horn, David L.; Dillon, Caitlin M.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v12 n4 p461-471 2007
The performance of deaf children with cochlear implants was assessed using measures standardized on hearing children. To investigate nonverbal cognitive and sensorimotor processes associated with postimplant variability, five selected sensorimotor and visuospatial subtests from "A Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment" (NEPSY) were compared with standardized vocabulary, reading, and digit span measures. Participants were 26 deaf children, ages 6-14 years, who received a cochlear implant between ages 1 and 6 years; duration of implant use ranged from 3 to 11 years. Results indicated significant correlations between standard scores on the Design Copying subtest of the NEPSY and standard scores on vocabulary comprehension, reading, and digit span measures. The results contribute to our understanding of the benefits of cochlear implantation and cognitive processes that may support postimplant language and academic functioning.
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Deafness, Children, Assistive Technology, Vocabulary, Reading, Correlation, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Processes, Spatial Ability, Perceptual Motor Coordination
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