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The Relationship between Reading Comphehension, Working Memory and Language in Children with Cochlear Implants
Section of Logopedics, Phoniatrics and Audiology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden.
Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Disability Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Section of Logopedics, Phoniatrics and Audiology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Reconstruction Centre, Department of ENT - Head and Neck Surgery UHL.
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2007 (English)In: Acta Neuropsychologica, ISSN 1730-7503, Vol. 5, no 4, 163-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

and profound hearing impairment treated by cochlear implants (CI). In this study we explore this relationship in sixteen Swedish children with CI. We found that over 60% of the children with CI performed at the level of their hearing peers in a reading comprehension test. Demographic factors were not predictive of reading comprehension, but a complex working memory task was. Reading percentile was significantly correlated to the working memory test, but no other correlations between reading and cognitive/linguistic factors remained significant after age was factored out. Individual results from a comparison of the two best and the two poorest readers corroborate group results, confirming the important role of working memory for reading as measured by comprehension of words and sentences in this group of children.

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2007. Vol. 5, no 4, 163-186 p.
Keyword [en]
Hearing impairment, cognition, phonological processing, lexical access
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-51733OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-51733DiVA: diva2:277201
Available from: 2009-11-16 Created: 2009-11-16 Last updated: 2009-11-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Children with Cochlear Implants: Cognition and Reading Ability
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2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Barn med cochleaimplantat : Kognition och läsförmåga
Abstract [en]

The present thesis investigated cognitive ability in children with severe to profound hearing impairment who have received cochlear implants (CIs). The auditory stimulation from a cochlear implant early in life influences most cognitive functions as a consequence of the plasticity of the brain in the young child. It is important to understand the cognitive consequences of auditory stimulation from CIs in order to provide adequate support to these children. This thesis examined three specific aspects of cognitive ability (working memory, phonological skill and lexical access), and reading ability in children with CIs, as compared to children with normal hearing in the same age. The relations between cognitive abilities and reading skills were also investigated, as well as the associations between demographic variables (e.g., age at implantation and communication mode), cognitive abilities and reading skills. The children with CI generally had lower performance levels than the normal hearing children in tasks of phonological and general working memory, phonological skills and lexical access. They had specific problems in tasks with high demands on phonological working memory, whereas their performance levels in tasks of visuospatial working memory were on par with the hearing children. A majority of the children with CI demonstrated reading skills within the normal range for hearing children, both for decoding and reading comprehension. The relations between demographic factors and cognitive skills varied somewhat between the studies. The patterns of result are discussed with reference to contemporary theories of working memory, phonological skills, and lexical access.

Abstract [en]

Avhandlingens övergripande syfte var att studera kognitiva förmågor hos barn med grav hörselskada eller dövhet som fått cochleaimplantat (CI). Auditiv stimulering från CI i tidig ålder påverkar de flesta kognitiva funktioner som en följd av hjärnans plasticitet hos små barn. Det är viktigt att förstå de kognitiva konsekvenserna av auditiv stimulering från CI för att kunna ge dessa barn bästa möjliga stöd. Avhandlingen undersökte tre specifika aspekter av kognitiv förmåga (arbetsminne, fonologiska förmågor och lexikal aktivering), samt läsförmåga hos barn med CI, i jämförelse med barn med normal hörsel i samma åldrar. Relationerna mellan kognitiva förmågor och läsförmåga studerades också, liksom sambanden mellan demografiska faktorer (t ex implantationsålder och kommunikationssätt) och kognitiva förmågor samt läsfärdigheter. Barnen med CI hade generellt lägre prestationsnivå än barnen med normal hörsel i uppgifter som mäter fonologiskt och generellt arbetsminne, fonologiska förmågor och lexikal aktivering. De hade specifika problem i uppgifter som i hög grad belastar fonologiskt arbetsminne, medan deras visuospatiala arbetsminneskapacitet var jämförbar med den hos barnen med normal hörsel. Majoriteten av barnen med CI hade läsfärdigheter i nivå med normalhörande barn, för både avkodning och läsförståelse. Sambanden mellan demografiska faktorer och kognitiva förmågor och läsförmåga varierade mellan studierna. Resultatmönstren diskuteras utifrån teorier om arbetsminne, fonologiska färdigheter och lexikal aktivering.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2009. 75 + papers 1-4 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 503Studies from the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, ISSN 1650-1128 ; 30
Keyword
Cochlear implants, children, working memory, phonological skills, lexical access, reading ability, Cochleaimplantat, barn, arbetsminne, fonologiska färdigheter, lexikal aktivering, läsförmåga.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-51735 (URN)978-91-7393-487-9 (ISBN)
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2009-11-27, Key 1, Hus Key, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-11-16 Created: 2009-11-16 Last updated: 2014-10-01Bibliographically approved

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