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Publication Detail
Cochlear-implanted children from homes where English is an additional language: findings from a recent audit in one London centre
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Mahon M, Vickers D, McCarthy K, Barker R, Merritt R, Szagun G, Mann W, Rajput K
  • Publication date:
    05/2011
  • Pagination:
    105, 113
  • Journal:
    Cochlear Implants International
  • Volume:
    12
  • Issue:
    2
  • Status:
    Published
  • Print ISSN:
    1467-0100
  • Language:
    English
  • EISSN:
    1556-9152
  • Keywords:
    language background, cochlear implants, bilingual
Abstract
A 5-year retrospective audit of demographic, audiological, and other records of 147 children implanted at one London centre was conducted. The aim was to detail the number of children implanted, with a specific focus on children from families with English as an additional language (EAL), and to compare these children with children from monolingual English-speaking families on a variety of characteristics known to affect paediatric cochlear implant outcomes. In all, 28% of children were from families where English is an additional language, with 15 different languages recorded. There were no differences between EAL and English-speaking children with respect to age of implantation; bilateral versus unilateral implants or hearing levels in better ear. There were differences between these groups in aetiology, in the occurrence of additional needs, and in educational placements. Information about speech and language outcomes was difficult to gather. Conclusions indicate the need for more detailed record-keeping especially about children's home languages for purposes of planning intervention and for the inclusion of children with EAL in future studies.
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