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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Su, Pumpki Lei
Author's Email Address lei.su@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-07232018-100447
Title A Comparison of Prelinguistic Learning Environment of Children with and without Hearing Loss
Degree Master of Science
Department Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stephan Camarata Committee Chair
Jim Bodfish Committee Member
Paul Yoder Committee Member
  • Communication
  • Hearing Loss
  • Language Development
  • Parent Child Interaction
Date of Defense 2016-05-23
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This study investigated the extent to which parental language input to children with hearing loss (HL) differs from input to children with typical hearing (TH). A 20-minute parent-child interaction sample was collected for 13 parent-child dyads in the HL group and 17 dyads in the TH group during free play. Ten minutes were transcribed and were coded for four variables: (a) overall utterances; (b) high-quality utterances; (c) utterances in responses to child communicative acts (i.e. overall responses); (d) high-quality utterances in response to child communicative acts (i.e. high-quality responses). Differences were detected for both quantity and quality of parental language input across two groups. Early language skills correlated with three out of four parental variables in both groups. Post-hoc analyses suggested that the lower rate of high-quality responses in parents of children with HL could be attributed to lower intelligibility of child communication.
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