The Challenge of Assessing Language in Children With Hearing Loss This article challenges current practices in language evaluation for school-aged children with significant hearing loss. In light of recent theoretical beliefs, arguments supporting an interactional approach to assessment are presented, along with specific recommendations for the interpretation of test results. Application of current connectionist and competition theories of language acquisition ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 1997
The Challenge of Assessing Language in Children With Hearing Loss
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD
    University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Contact author: Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Communication Disorders and Speech Science, Campus Box 409, Boulder, CO 80309-0409. Email: Christie.Yoshi@Colorado.edu
    Contact author: Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Communication Disorders and Speech Science, Campus Box 409, Boulder, CO 80309-0409. Email: Christie.Yoshi@Colorado.edu×
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Development / Hearing Disorders / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Forum: Educational Considerations for Children With Hearing Loss
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 1997
The Challenge of Assessing Language in Children With Hearing Loss
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1997, Vol. 28, 362-373. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2804.362
History: Received August 20, 1993 , Accepted March 15, 1996
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1997, Vol. 28, 362-373. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2804.362
History: Received August 20, 1993; Accepted March 15, 1996

This article challenges current practices in language evaluation for school-aged children with significant hearing loss. In light of recent theoretical beliefs, arguments supporting an interactional approach to assessment are presented, along with specific recommendations for the interpretation of test results. Application of current connectionist and competition theories of language acquisition promotes the concept of differential weighting of aspects of language (semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and phonology) at various stages of development.

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