Study of Language Processing in children with Cochlear Implants and children with normal hearing
Open to: Children who speak English and their primary language. Those with normal hearing should be 6-10 years old; with cochlear implants, ages 8-10.
With a grant from the National Institutes of Health, a team of scientists, audiologists and speech pathologists are studying how children produce and understand language. The goal of the project is to better understand how children with cochlear implants are similar to and different from children with normal hearing, and by identifying subtle differences, design better methods for assessing and providing language therapy for children who have cochlear implants.
Families of all children who participate will gain information on results of a hearing screening, language comprehension abilities, expressive skills, processing abilities and memory skills.
The study consists of 3 sessions, 1-2 hours each. Session 1 includes hearing screening and standardized language tests; and the following sessions a series of computer based games and activities such as naming pictures and making judgments about words. Participants receive $15/hour. Evening and Saturday appointments are available.
Principal investigator is Richard G. Schwartz, PhD, CCC-SLP, Presidential Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center. Parents interested in having their children participate should contact Elana Ying Mystal or Susan Steinman at 646-438-7838.