Conversational skills of peer-to-peer discourse in school-aged children with cochlear implants and typically developing school-aged children
Ditkowsky, Fara Eileen
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The purpose of this clinical research study is to examine the peer to peer conversational skills of school-aged children who have received a cochlear implant, as compared to typically developing school-aged children. Participants included two children with cochlear implants, one male and one female. The participants engaged in two conversational tasks. These tasks were analyzed for the following variables: comments, questions, question functions, contingency, topic shifts, and interruptions. Data was then compared to typically developing child conversational dyads. The results of this study should further our understanding of peer related conversational abilities. This understanding will help us and other professionals to develop more comprehensive evidence-based knowledge addressing conversational skills in cochlear implant recipients.