Relationships Between Spoken Word and Sign Processing in Children With Cochlear Implants

M. R. Giezen, A. E. Baker, P. Escudero
2013 Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education  
The effect of using signed communication on the spoken language development of deaf children with a cochlear implant (CI) is much debated. We report on two studies that investigated relationships between spoken word and sign processing in children with a CI who are exposed to signs in addition to spoken language. Study 1 assessed rapid word and sign learning in 13 children with a CI and found that performance in both language modalities correlated positively. Study 2 tested the effects of using
more » ... he effects of using sign-supported speech on spoken word processing in eight children with a CI, showing that simultaneously perceiving signs and spoken words does not negatively impact their spoken word recognition or learning. Together, these two studies suggest that sign exposure does not necessarily have a negative effect on speech processing in some children with a CI.
doi:10.1093/deafed/ent040 pmid:24080074 fatcat:mqlgnuf5jvdztlf3227yyg3tfu