The relationship between reading Comprehension, Working memory and language in children with cochlear implants

Lena Asker-Árnason*, Malin Wass, Tina Ibertsson, Björn Lyxell, Birgitta Sahlén

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Abstract

Working memory, language, and reading comprehension are strongly associated in children with severe and profound hearing impairment treated by cochlear implants (CI). In this study we explore this relationship in sixteen Swedish children with CI. We found that over 60% of the children with CI performed at the level of their hearing peers in a reading comprehension test. Demographic factors were not predictive of reading comprehension, but a complex working memory task was. Reading percentile was significantly correlated to the working memory test, but no other correlations between reading and cognitive/linguistic factors remained significant after age was factored out. Individual results from a comparison of the two best and the two poorest readers corroborate group results, confirming the important role of working memory for reading as measured by comprehension of words and sentences in this group of children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-186
Number of pages24
JournalActa Neuropsychologica
Volume5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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