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aud 2013, 22(1): 95-102 Back to browse issues page
A preliminary study of some pragmatic skills of hearing and hearing-impaired children by story retelling test
Farnoush Jarollahi 1, Yahya Modarresi2, Zahra Agharasouli3, Salimeh Jafari3
1- Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
2- Department of Linguistics, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran, Iran
3- Department of Speech therapy, School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Background and Aim: Pragmatics refers to speech interactions and the social aspect of communication in language contexts. Due to the crucial role of hearing in language skill development, hearing-impaired children have problems with all aspects of language, including pragmatics. These skills are crucial in childrenchr('39')s daily life. There is a lack of Persian studies on hearing-impaired children. Therefore, the purpose of the present study is to describe some pragmatic skills of hearing and hearing-impaired children.
Methods: This descriptive case study was conducted on five hearing-impaired and two normal-hearing 6 year old children. Their pragmatic language skills were studied by the Persian story retelling test. in a quiet room. The childrenchr('39')s re-told story was recorded, analyzed, and scored.
Results: There was no difference between the scores of hearing and severe hearing-impaired children. However, children with severe hearing loss and cochlear implant, and hearing children were different in maintaining the subject and sequence of events. Children with profound hearing loss and hearing aid, and hearing children had a significant difference in all aspects except main information. All subjects used conjunctions correctly.
Conclusion: The pragmatic skills of hearing-impaired children are weaker than hearing children. There are also differences between hearing-impaired childrenchr('39')s abilities. This difference in pragmatic skills shows the difference in amount of hearing loss, kind of assistive device, effective use of remaining hearing, onset and quality of aural rehabilitation program, and other factors. Therefore, a research with a greater sample size is necessary to explain these differences.

Keywords: Pragmatic skills, hearing loss, story retelling
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Received: 2012/05/3 | Accepted: 2012/12/9 | Published: 2013/10/15
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