Does Hearing Lead to Understanding? Theory of Mind in Toddlers and Preschoolers With Cochlear Implants
Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 08/01/2012
Ketelaar L et al. – Children with cochlear implant (CI) appear to master the initial stages of ToM development, but fall behind on more advanced ToM abilities. Yet, both groups showed similar patterns of development.Methods
- 3 intention tasks were administered to 72 children with CI and 69 normal-hearing children (age, 12–60 months).
- Furthermore, 3 desire and belief tasks were administered to a subsample of children aged 30 months or over.
- Children with CI showed intention-understanding skills equal to normal-hearing children, but lagged behind on desire and belief understanding, even after excluding children with language delays.