An Assessment of Cognitive Abilities in Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Preschool Children There have been many investigations of cognitive development in older hearing-impaired children, but few with preschool hearing-impaired children. The performance of 40 hearing and 40 hearing-impaired children of preschool age (2 ½ to 5 ½ years) was compared on five nonverbal cognitive tasks and three subtests from the Perceptual Performance ... Reports
Reports  |   November 01, 1987
An Assessment of Cognitive Abilities in Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Preschool Children
 
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Reports   |   November 01, 1987
An Assessment of Cognitive Abilities in Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Preschool Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1987, Vol. 52, 319-323. doi:10.1044/jshd.5204.319
History: Received July 24, 1986 , Accepted January 6, 1987
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1987, Vol. 52, 319-323. doi:10.1044/jshd.5204.319
History: Received July 24, 1986; Accepted January 6, 1987

There have been many investigations of cognitive development in older hearing-impaired children, but few with preschool hearing-impaired children. The performance of 40 hearing and 40 hearing-impaired children of preschool age (2 ½ to 5 ½ years) was compared on five nonverbal cognitive tasks and three subtests from the Perceptual Performance subscale of the McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities (1972). For this set of tasks there was a significant effect of age consistent with a developmental change. A one-way MANCOVA on all dependent measures with age as the covariate revealed no significant differences between the hearing-impaired and hearing children. The results suggest that despite a deficiency in language abilities, the cognitive development of young hearing-impaired children is comparable to that of hearing children of the same age.

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