Reading comprehension of children with cochleair implants
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SourceJournal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 12, 3, (2007), pp. 283-302
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ BSI OLO
Interfacultaire Werkgroep Taal en Spraak (IWTS)
SW OZ DCC CO
SW OZ NICI CO
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
SubjectGrammar and Cognition
The reading comprehension and visual word recognition in 50 deaf children and adolescents with at least 3 years of cochlear implant (0) use were evaluated. Their skills were contrasted with reference data of 500 deaf children without CIs. The reading comprehension level in children with CIs was expected to surpass that in deaf children without implants, partly via improved visual word recognition. Reading comprehension scores of children with implants were significantly better than those of deaf children without implants, although the performance in implant users was substantially lagging behind that in hearing children. Visual word recognition was better in children with CIs than in children without implants, in secondary education only. No difference in visual word recognition was found between the children with CIs and the hearing children, whereas the deaf children without implants showed a slightly poorer performance. The difference in reading comprehension performance of the deaf children with and without CIs remained present when visual word recognition was controlled for. This indicates that other reading-related skills were also contributing to the improved reading comprehension skills of deaf children with CIs.
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