Neuropsychological correlates of vocabulary, reading, and working memory in deaf children with cochlear implants

Mary K. Fagan, David B. Pisoni, David L. Horn, Caitlin M. Dillon

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The performance of deaf children with cochlear implants was assessed using measures standardized on hearing children. To investigate nonverbal cognitive and sensorimotor processes associated with postimplant variability, five selected sensorimotor and visuospatial subtests from A Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment (NEPSY) were compared with standardized vocabulary, reading, and digit span measures. Participants were 26 deaf children, ages 6-14 years, who received a cochlear implant between ages 1 and 6 years; duration of implant use ranged from 3 to 11 years. Results indicated significant correlations between standard scores on the Design Copying subtest of the NEPSY and standard scores on vocabulary comprehension, reading, and digit span measures. The results contribute to our understanding of the benefits of cochlear implantation and cognitive processes that may support postimplant language and academic functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-471
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Speech and Hearing

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