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    Responses to requests for clarification by adolescents with cochlear implants  
Olof Sandgren - Lund University
Tina Ibertsson - Lund University
Richard Andersson - Lund University
Kristina Hansson - Lund University
Birgitta Sahlén - Lund University

SRCLD Year: 2010
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
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- Hearing Impairment
This study aims to contribute to our understanding of conversational skills in a group at risk for problems with communication, adolescents with cochlear implants (CI). Responses to requests for clarification in a referential communication task were studied in dialogues between adolescents with CI and a hearing peer and in dialogues between two hearing adolescents. Responses were analysed with respect to length (in words), type (confirmation or elaboration) and to whether they conformed to the type of question. No significant group differences were found regarding length, distribution of type of response or type-conformity. There was a strong tendency in all participants to provide more information than requested, elaborating in response to a request for confirmation. The participants with CI thus contributed as actively as their hearing peers, sharing the responsibility for the construction of the dialogue, at least in this specific context. The task could be used in intervention to make adolescents with CI conscious of how to use question and response strategies to manage interaction.
Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders