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Rinaldi, Pasquale; Caselli, Maria Cristina; Lucioli, Tommaso; Lamano, Luca; Volterra, Virginia – Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2018
The aim of this study is to analyze Italian Sign Language (LIS) linguistic skills in two groups of deaf signing children at different ages, and to compare their skills with those of a group of deaf signing adults. For this purpose, we developed a new Sentence Reproduction Task (SRT) for Italian Sign Language (LIS-SRT), which we administered to 33…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Deafness, Children, Adults
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Romero Lauro, Leonor J.; Crespi, Marta; Papagno, Costanza; Cecchetto, Carlo – Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2014
What supports deaf signers advantage over nonsigners on visuospatial short-term memory (STM) tasks is still a matter of debate. We compared the performance of 18 deaf Italian Sign Language (LIS) users with that of a matched group of Italian hearing nonsigners in three different tasks: two versions of the Corsi Block test, namely span forward and…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Sign Language, Comparative Analysis
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Tomasuolo, Elena; Valeri, Giovanni; Di Renzo, Alessio; Pasqualetti, Patrizio; Volterra, Virginia – Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2013
The present study examined whether full access to sign language as a medium for instruction could influence performance in Theory of Mind (ToM) tasks. Three groups of Italian participants (age range: 6-14 years) participated in the study: Two groups of deaf signing children and one group of hearing-speaking children. The two groups of deaf…
Descriptors: Deafness, Children, Sign Language, Theory of Mind
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Rinaldi, Pasquale; Caselli, Cristina – Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2009
We evaluated language development in deaf Italian preschoolers with hearing parents, taking into account the duration of formal language experience (i.e., the time elapsed since wearing a hearing aid and beginning language education) and different methods of language education. Twenty deaf children were matched with 20 hearing children for age and…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Deafness, Assistive Technology, Language Enrichment