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September 2021

Teachers' ratings of functional communication in students with cochlear implants

Author(s): Mordica, J. A.

Journal/Book: Amer Ann Deaf. 2000; 145: Fowler Hall 409, 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA. American Annals Of The Deaf. 54-59.

Abstract: The study examined factors associated with teachers' ratings of functional communication skills of students with cochlear implants. Deaf students living in and around a metropolitan area were surveyed to locate 51 with cochlear implants. Teachers rated each student's functional use of the implant, given three defined ratings. Additional information regarding sex, communication option, placement, home language, rural or nonrural address, etiology, and presence or absence of an additional disability was gathered. Chi-square analyses of the data were performed. The data indicated that students with a known etiology and a rural address, and who used sign language at home or school, were less likely than others to use the implant as a primary channel for receptive communication. The authors suggest that the teacher's role In implant use warrants more attention. Speech-language pathologists, otologists, audiologists, and parents of deaf children should consider all factors related to successful implant use before advocating or choosing this financially, emotionally, and therapeutically challenging option.

Note: Article Easterbrooks SR, Georgia State Univ, Dept Educ Psychol & Special Educ, Atlanta,GA 30303 USA


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