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Arnold School of Public Health


Written Expression in School-Age Children with Cochlear Implants

Funding: American Speech-Language Hearing Association Advancing Academic-Research Careers Award (PI: Werfel)

Children with hearing loss have notoriously poor literacy achievement, including difficulty with written expression. Written expression relies on many linguistic and cognitive skills for planning, organizing, staying on topic, translating thoughts to sentences, accurately spelling written words, and reviewing written work.

The goals of this study are threefold:

Goal 1: Evaluate the use of story grammar in written stories of children with cochlear implants.

Goal 2: Evaluate the use of morphosyntax, complex syntax, and vocabulary in written stories of children with cochlear implants.

Goal 3: Evaluate spelling accuracy in written stories of children with cochlear implants.

Impact: This study will increase knowledge about the written expression of children with cochlear implants.

Want to be Involved?
If you are the parent of a child with cochlear implants who is in 3rd through 6th grade, click here to request more information about participating in this study.

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