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Temporal and spatial processing of homophonous and non-homophonous words by hearing and hearing impaired children Handy, Lynda Anne


The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether there was indeed a relationship between processing strategy (temporal or spatial processing) and internal speech. The task utilized for the study, was constructed from the tasks used by O'Connor and Hermeiin (1973a), Conrad (1979), and Booth(1982). It was then administered to 71 hearing impaired and 74 hearing subjects. The groups were matched according to vocabulary level, rather than chronological age. Results strongly indicate that there is indeed a relationship between temporal processing and internal speech for hearing threshold level groups. Age was shown to be a determining factor for choice of processing strategy for both hearing and hearing impaired groups. Severity of hearing loss was not found to have an effect on processing strategy. Profoundly deaf children, and hearing children did not demonstrate a preferred processing strategy. It would seem necessary to continue to investigate the relationship between processing strategy and internal speech. Perhaps looking at individuals rather than heterogeneous groups would yield additional information.

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