Acquisition of Spoken and Signed English by Hearing-Impaired Children of Hearing-Impaired or Hearing Parents This study examines the degree to which hearing-impaired children of hearing-impaired parents (HIP) demonstrate an advantage in their acquisition of signed and spoken English over hearing-impaired children of hearing parents (HP). A subset from the normative sample of the Grammatical Analysis of Elicited Language, 50 HIP children and 50 HP ... Reports
Reports  |   May 01, 1988
Acquisition of Spoken and Signed English by Hearing-Impaired Children of Hearing-Impaired or Hearing Parents
 
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Reports   |   May 01, 1988
Acquisition of Spoken and Signed English by Hearing-Impaired Children of Hearing-Impaired or Hearing Parents
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1988, Vol. 53, 136-143. doi:10.1044/jshd.5302.136
History: Received December 11, 1986 , Accepted April 27, 1987
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1988, Vol. 53, 136-143. doi:10.1044/jshd.5302.136
History: Received December 11, 1986; Accepted April 27, 1987

This study examines the degree to which hearing-impaired children of hearing-impaired parents (HIP) demonstrate an advantage in their acquisition of signed and spoken English over hearing-impaired children of hearing parents (HP). A subset from the normative sample of the Grammatical Analysis of Elicited Language, 50 HIP children and 50 HP children, were matched in terms of their educational program, hearing level, and age. Results indicate that both groups had comparably poor expressive English language ability at 5 and 6 years of age. However, at age 7 and 8 HIP children demonstrated a significant linguistic advantage in both their spoken and signed English over HP children. Because the production of English by HIP children closely resembled that of orally educated hearing-impaired children of hearing parents, consistent language stimulation throughout the child's early years may be a critical factor in the development of English, regardless of the language or mode of expression.

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