Journal article

Structures underpinning pretend play and word production in young hearing children and children with hearing loss.

PM Brown, FW Rickards, A Bortoli

Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education | Published : 2001


Relationships between pretend play and word production were investigated in 10 hearing (H) and 10 toddlers with hearing loss (D) who attended an auditory/oral early intervention program. All children were videotaped interacting in free play with their hearing primary caregiver at 28, 29, and 30 months of age. Group comparisons were made for the scores for highest and mean levels of pretend play and for the underlying structures of decontextualization, decentration, sequencing, and planning. Relationships with word production were then explored for the two groups separately. Results showed significantly higher levels of pretend play for all dimensions for the hearing children and an associati..

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