Journal Article

Quantity of Parental Language in the Home Environments of Hard-of-Hearing 2-Year-Olds

Mark VanDam, Sophie E. Ambrose and Mary Pat Moeller

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 17, issue 4, pages 402-420
Published in print January 2012 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online August 2012 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/ens025
Quantity of Parental Language in the Home Environments of Hard-of-Hearing 2-Year-Olds

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Automated analyses of full-day recordings were used to determine whether young children who are hard-of-hearing (HH) received similar levels of exposure to adult words and conversational interactions as age-matched peers with normal-hearing (NH). Differences in adult input between children in this study and in a normative database were considered. Finally, factors were examined that may have contributed to individual differences in the input characteristics of families. Results indicated that the NH and HH groups were exposed to similar numbers of adult words and conversational turns. However, both the NH and HH groups were exposed to more adult words and engaged in more conversational turns than the NH children in the normative sample. Considering only the HH group, both quantity of adult words and conversational exchanges were correlated with children’s auditory characteristics. Children’s receptive language ability was correlated with conversational exchanges but not with adult word counts.

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

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