Assessing deaf and hearing children's communication in Brazil

Lichtig, Ida, Couto, Maria Inês Vieira, Mecca, Fabíola F. D. N., Hartley, Sally, Wirz, Sheila and Woll, Bencie (2011) Assessing deaf and hearing children's communication in Brazil. Journal of Communication Disorders, 44 (2). pp. 223-235. ISSN 1873-7994

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In Brazil there are no specific tests for either signed or spoken language for deaf children. A protocol evaluating communicative abilities independent of modality of communication (sign language or spoken language), and comprising assessments of (a) pragmatic profile; (b) modality of communication and linguistic level; (c) complexity of communication; and (d) style and efficacy of communication between parent and child was administered to 127 deaf and hearing children. The children, aged 3–6 years old, were distributed in three groups: 20 with severe hearing loss, 40 with profound hearing loss and 67 normally hearing. Deaf children were found to be delayed, independent of their linguistic level and preferred modality of communication. The protocol in this study proved to be an useful instrument for gathering relevant information about the three groups of preschool children's communicative abilities, and particularly suitable for use in countries where standardized assessments are not available.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Allied Health Professions (former - to 2013)
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 10:18
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 15:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2010.11.002

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