Hunter et al. show that speech perception and language skills/growth in the first 18 months post- cochlear implantation were predictive of adult language skills.
Two articles this month highlight why we can’t forget to evaluate the pragmatic skills of our clients with Down syndrome (DS). Lee et al. provide evidence from children with DS ages 3–18 to show that, “…despite their well-documented sociability and outgoing personalities, individuals with DS demonstrate pragmatic language difficulties relative to a younger typically-developing control group and develop these skills at slower rates over time.” Smith et al., using the CCC-2, found similar pragmatic skill deficits in a group of 6-year-old children with DS, but with notable trends in which were most difficult (understanding context) and least difficult (nonverbal communication).
Hunter, C.R., Kronenberger, W.G., Castellanos, I, & Pisoni, D.B. (2017). Early Postimplant Speech Perception and Language Skills Predict Long-Term Language and Neurocognitive Outcomes Following Pediatric Cochlear Implantation. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-H-16-0152
Lee, M., Bush, L., Martin, G.E., Barstein, J., Maltman, N., Klusek, J., & Losh, M. (2017). A Multi-Method Investigation of Pragmatic Development in Individuals With Down Syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 122(4), 289–309.