What is it about?

How parents interact with their children affects their development. We have shown for the first time in children with hearing loss that parental sensitivity in interaction is related with their children's inhibitory control abilities. Relationships between parental sensitivity and child language and inhibitory control are also compared between school-age children with normal hearing and those with hearing loss to identify similarities and differences in the effects of parental sensitivity at older ages than typically studied.

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Why is it important?

This study can inform further investigations into interventions to improve developmental outcomes in children with hearing loss. How parents interact with their children can be addressed with intervention services, so identifying how parental behaviors affect and interact with their child's development gives more information to further develop and improve those interventions, especially if these effects differ between children with normal hearing and those with hearing loss of the same age. Furthermore, identifying relationships between parental behaviors and child outcomes in school-age children can provide evidence for further support needed for children with hearing loss at this age even after early intervention.

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This article was an exciting project to work on, because how parents interact with school-age children is an understudied area that can go a long way toward identifying potentially unique needs, relationships, and difficulties of children with hearing loss in their development throughout childhood.

Izabela Jamsek
Ohio State University

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This page is a summary of: Differential At-Risk Pediatric Outcomes of Parental Sensitivity Based on Hearing Status, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, September 2021, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2021_jslhr-20-00491.
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