Mother-child communication and language development after cochlear implantation: The role of mother's reaction to diagnosis, linguistic input and parenting competence (Joint-project 2016)

Starting date
October 1, 2016
Duration (months)
36
Departments
Human Sciences
Managers or local contacts
Majorano Marinella
Keyword
Cochlear implant, Mother-child communication, child language

Using an innovative approach, the present study compares 30 children with CIs with 30 chronological-age-matched children and 30 hearing-age-matched children in terms of the predictive role for their communicative development of individual factors and the characteristics of mother-child communication. Interactions between children and their mothers are observed during shared-book reading and semi-structured play, first before CI activation and then for a period of 30 months thereafter. The Parenting Stress Index PSI and the Coping Orientation to the Problems Experienced COPE are administered to each mother and the Reaction to Diagnosis Interview is conducted with each mother of children with CI. The mother-child interactions are coded according to different indices of responsiveness and syncrony. The communicative functions and the quality of mother-child communication are also considered. Data logging incorporated into the CI will furnish direct information on hearing experience (auditory environment, amount of device use each day, auditory scenes). An intervention program will be developed with the aim of helping parents of children with CIs support their communications and their socio-emotional adjustment. 

Project participants

Manuela Lavelli
Full Professor
Marinella Majorano
Associate Professor
Marika Morelli
PhD student

Collaboratori esterni

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Publications
Title Authors Year
Communication dynamics between mothers and their children with cochlear implants: Effects of maternal support for language production Lavelli, M.; Majorano, M.; Guerzoni, L.; Murri, A.; Barachetti, C.; Cuda, D. 2018
Spontaneous language production of Italian children with cochlear implants and their mothers in two interactive contexts. Majorano, Marinella; Guidotti, L.; Guerzoni, L.; Murri, A.; Morelli, Marika; Cuda, D.; Lavelli, Manuela 2018
Communication dynamics between mothers and children with cochlear implants: Effects of maternal vocal and gestural support for language production Lavelli, M.; Majorano, M.; Guerzoni, L.; Murri, A.; Barachetti, C.; Cuda, D. 2017
Caratteristiche e processi comunicativi dell'interazione madre-bambino con impianto cocleare Majorano, Marinella; Bastianello, Tamara; Murari, C.; Lavelli, Manuela 2016

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