Earlier CI Implantation Spurs Speech Development Receiving cochlear implants at a young age has value for children’s phonological development, according to a study in the November 2012 American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Although their language development was still delayed compared to those in a control group, young cochlear implant recipients showed substantial progress in consonant acquisition. ... Research in Brief
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Research in Brief  |   January 01, 2013
Earlier CI Implantation Spurs Speech Development
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Research in Brief
Research in Brief   |   January 01, 2013
Earlier CI Implantation Spurs Speech Development
The ASHA Leader, January 2013, Vol. 18, 31-32. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB3.18012013.31
The ASHA Leader, January 2013, Vol. 18, 31-32. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB3.18012013.31
Receiving cochlear implants at a young age has value for children’s phonological development, according to a study in the November 2012 American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Although their language development was still delayed compared to those in a control group, young cochlear implant recipients showed substantial progress in consonant acquisition.
Eleven young cochlear implant recipients and 11 age- and gender-matched typically developing peers produced target words in short sentences. Researchers examined the children’s consonant production accuracy for total scores, initial and final word positions, and three developmental sound classes: early, middle and late.
English-speaking children who received implants before age 3 and participated in oral intervention programs made substantial progress in consonant sound acquisition during their first two years of implant use. According to the overall accuracy rating, they reached a moderate level of competence across a wide variety of consonants.
But the relatively low scores highlighted in the study suggest that clinicians might need to increase their emphasis on final consonants during speech training with young cochlear implant recipients.
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