10.35-10.50 Presentation 1 - Brenda Sousa da Silva
Subtitle More hearing, more play? CI contribution to preschoolers’ interactions and inclusion
Co-authors: • Guida Veiga • Johan Frijns • Herédio Sousa • Luísa Monteiro • Carolien Rieffe
Playgrounds are a rich context for children’s socio-emotional development, but can also be overwhelming for some children. For DHH children the amount of auditory stimuli available at the playground might hamper their interactions, activities, and play preferences, as reported in older research. However most of these studies date from 20-to-40 years ago, when most DHH children were using hearing aids. Cochlear implants have not only brought better access to sound, but also a positive impact in social exchanges for older groups. Therefore, interaction patterns reported in previous studies might have changed in today's world. Using playground observations, we identified playground behaviors of preschool CI / DHH children in three aspects: social levels, type of activities they engage in; and their play preferences, and reflect on the differences reported in older studies. The contribution of CI on DHH children's play and social interactions is thus addressed.