Parent word familiarity and the language development of pediatric cochlear implant users

Lynne M. Stallings, Karen Iler Kirk, Steven B. Chin, Sujuan Gao

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Abstract

Linguistic environment is one unexplored factor that may influence language development in pediatric cochlear implant users. This study examines the relationship between parent word familiarity and the language development of pediatric cochlear implant users. Participants and their parents were recruited from an ongoing study at the Indiam University School of Medicine to examine benefits of pediatric cochlear implant use. Thirty-two parent participants rated their familiarity with 150 words. These ratings were compared with children's scores on standardized measures. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients indicated a significant relationship between parent word familiarity ratings and children's receptive vocabulary and language abilities as well as with their expressive language abilities. Analyses of covariance (ANCOVAs), adjusting for communication mode and speech perception, confirmed these effects, revealing significant relationships between parent word familiarity ratings and children's receptive vocabulary and language abilities. This link between parent ratings and children's abilities provides evidence of the importance of a rich linguistic environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-258
Number of pages22
JournalVolta Review
Volume102
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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