The effect of partner hearing status on social and cognitive play

Linda M. Levine, Shirin D. Antia

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We observed the social/cognitive play of 46 young children who were deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). The children were videotaped during play in small integrated groups consisting of D/HH and hearing children. Younger children engaged in more constructive play than dramatic play, whereas older children engaged in more dramatic play than functional play. With D/HH partners, children engaged primarily in constructive play, but in groups that included both D/HH and hearing partners they engaged most frequently in dramatic play. The findings indicate that the frequency of cognitive and social play of children who are D/HH is similar to that of hearing children, and that group play varies according to the hearing status of the play partner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Early Intervention
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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