Social engagement, attention and competence of preschoolers with hearing loss

P. Margaret Brown, Anna Bortoli, Maria D. Remine, Basyariatul Fathi Othman

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Abstract

The social engagement, social attention skills and social competence of 10 hearing preschoolers and 10 preschoolers with hearing loss were investigated during free play in inclusive oral kindergarten settings using a three-level hierarchical model. When comparing the types of opportunities, at the first level, the children with hearing loss created significantly fewer opportunities through visual regard and interaction. At the second level, for social attention skills, this group scored significantly higher on distractibility, and significantly lower on alert, sustained and focused attention. For the third level, social competence, no statistically significant differences were found between the two groups. Discriminant Function Analysis showed that the function that discriminated maximally between the two groups of participants was composed only of amount of interaction at Level 1. Children scoring highly on this function were also more likely to have the ability to focus their attention and manage divided attention, to be reciprocal, and to demonstrate mutuality and problem-solving skills with peers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Research in Special Educational Needs
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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Keywords

  • Attention skills
  • Hearing impairment
  • Preschoolers
  • Social development

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Social engagement, attention and competence of preschoolers with hearing loss. / Brown, P. Margaret; Bortoli, Anna; Remine, Maria D.; Othman, Basyariatul Fathi.

In: Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, Vol. 8, No. 1, 03.2008, p. 19-26.

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Brown, P. Margaret ; Bortoli, Anna ; Remine, Maria D. ; Othman, Basyariatul Fathi. / Social engagement, attention and competence of preschoolers with hearing loss. In: Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. 2008 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 19-26.
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