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Maternal sensitivity predicts language gain in preschool children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

L Pressman, S Pipp-Siegel, C Yoshinaga-Itano and A Deas

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 4, issue 4, pages 294-304
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/4.4.294
Maternal sensitivity predicts language gain in preschool children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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The link between maternal sensitivity and child language gain was assessed in a prospective study of hearing mothers and their deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) children. Maternal sensitivity in dyadic interaction was assessed when children were approximately 2 years old, and expressive language gain was assessed at 2 to 3 years using the Minnesota Child Development Inventory. Sensitivity made significant, positive, and unique predictions of expressive language gain when the effects of maternal education, degree of child hearing loss, dyadic mode of communication, and time between assessments were controlled. Findings indicate the value of affective measures of interaction in predicting language gain.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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