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Unlocking Speech Potential: Training Severely Hearing-Impaired Children in Vowel Imitation

Unlocking Speech Potential: Training Severely Hearing-Impaired Children in Vowel Imitation

As a practitioner working with severely hearing-impaired children, the task of teaching natural vowel sounds can be particularly challenging. According to the research by Daniel Ling and Clinton W. Bennett, titled "Training Severely Hearing-Impaired Children in Vowel Imitation," the key to improving vowel production lies in providing additional tactile-kinesthetic cues alongside traditional auditory-visual methods.

The study focuses on children with limited auditory sensitivity above 1,000 Hz, who often struggle with tongue placement necessary for producing different vowel sounds. Ling and Bennett conducted two experiments to test the effectiveness of tactile-kinesthetic cues in training vowel imitation.

Key Findings

Implementing Tactile-Kinesthetic Cues in Practice

Based on the study's outcomes, here are some practical steps you can take to incorporate tactile-kinesthetic cues into your speech therapy sessions:

Encouraging Further Research

While this study offers promising techniques, further research is essential to refine these methods and explore their long-term efficacy. Practitioners are encouraged to document their experiences and share findings with the broader community to enhance collective knowledge.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Training Severely Hearing-Impaired Children in Vowel Imitation.

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