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ERIC Number: EJ854119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
Language Achievement in Children Who Received Cochlear Implants between 1 and 2 Years of Age: Group Trends and Individual Patterns
Duchesne, Louise; Sutton, Ann; Bergeron, Francois
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v14 n4 p465-485 Fall 2009
This study examined receptive and expressive vocabulary and grammar achievement of French-speaking children (n = 27) who received a cochlear implant (CI) between the age of 1 and 2. Standardized measures of language achievement were administered and the language levels attained by children with CIs were compared with that of the normative sample of same-age hearing peers for each measure. As a group, children exhibited language levels within normal limits in all standardized language measures. Examination of individual patterns revealed four different language profiles ranging from normal language levels in all domains to general language delay. Half the participants displayed language levels on par with similar-age peers at the word level; less than half the children obtained average performance at the sentence level. In three of these profiles, comprehension of sentences was impaired. Moreover, the age at implantation was not associated with language achievement. Findings suggest that receiving a CI between the age of 1 and 2 years does not ensure that language abilities will be within normal limits after up to 6 years of experience with the implant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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