A1 Journal article – refereed

Promoting lexical learning in the speech and language therapy of children with cochlear implants

List of Authors: Riitta Ronkainen, Minna Laakso, Eila Lonka, Tuula Tykkyläinen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication year: 2017

Journal: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics

Volume number: 31

Issue number: 4

Number of pages: 17

ISSN: 0269-9206

eISSN: 1464-5076

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2016.1245786

URL: https://research.utu.fi/converis/portal/Publication/18393579


This study examines lexical intervention sessions in speech and language therapy for children with cochlear implants (CIs). Particular focus is on the therapist’s professional practices in doing the therapy. The participants in this study are three congenitally deaf children with CIs together with their speech and language therapist. The video recorded therapy sessions of these children are studied using conversation analysis. The analysis reveals the ways in which the speech and language therapist formulates her speaking turns to support the children’s lexical learning in task interaction. The therapist’s multimodal practices, for example linguistic and acoustic highlighting, focus both on the lexical meaning and the phonological form of the words. Using these means, the therapist expands the child’s lexical networks, specifies and corrects the meaning of the target words, and models the correct phonological form of the words. The findings of this study are useful in providing information for clinicians and speech and language therapy students working with children who have CIs as well as for the children’s parents.

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