Journal Article

Initiations of Social Interactions by Young Hearing Impaired Preschoolers

Amatzia Weisel, Tova Most and Clara Efron

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 161-170
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/eni016
Initiations of Social Interactions by Young Hearing Impaired Preschoolers

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This study examined strategies for initiating social interactions with peers, among 4 children with hearing impairment, aged 33 to 36 months, attending a special early education center or a regular kindergarten. The study investigated initiation type (related to partner's hearing status) and rates of initiation success/failure vis-à-vis hearing and deaf partners. Results revealed (a) more initiations in the regular program than in the special program; (b) in the special program, much more successful initiations toward children with hearing impairment than toward hearing children; (c) vocalization as the most frequent strategy used with both hearing and hearing-impaired partners; and (d) referential decisions about their initiations even among young children with hearing impairment (made by changing frequencies of various strategies according to partner's hearing status). The discussion addressed implications regarding integration of children with hearing impairment into regular educational settings.

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

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