B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
This study examined differences between mothers’ use of internal state words with toddlers with hearing loss and toddlers without hearing loss. Mothers’ speech to toddlers without hearing loss and mothers of toddlers with hearing loss while engaging in natural play was transcribed and analyzed using Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) software. Twelve toddlers with hearing loss were age matched with 12 toddlers without hearing loss and were also language matched with twelve additional toddlers without hearing loss to create three participant groups- hearing loss, age matched, and MLU matched controls. Mothers’ internal state words were identified and categorized by type as perception, volition, disposition, and cognition. There was no significant difference between the frequency or proportion of mothers' internal state words between toddlers with hearing loss and toddlers without hearing loss. Across all three groups, mothers used fewer disposition and more cognition words.
Screnock, Sarah D., "Mothers’ Use of Internal State Words with Toddlers with and without Hearing Loss during Natural Play" (2023). Honors Capstones. 1448.