Bad Behavior in Kids With Hearing Implants Doesn't Predict Slowed Language Development
[Source: Science Daily]
A new study presented today at the 48th Annual American Neurotology Society spring meeting is challenging a long held belief among speech therapists and audiologists that bad behavior in young children with hearing implants is an indicator of device failure and a predictor of poor language development.
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a longitudinal study of children with hearing loss, including some with cochlear implants. From the ages of 18 to 48 months, no consistent correlation was found between bad behaviors like aggression or inattentiveness and delayed language acquisition for the children with implants.
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