Thesis Title

Adapting the Spelling Performance Evaluation For Language and Literacy (Spell) For Children Who Have Cochlear Implants

Date of Graduation

Spring 2007

Degree

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Chair

Julie Masterson

Keywords

cochlear implant, spelling, assessment, adaptations, literacy

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of adapting the Spelling Performance Evaluation for Language and Literacy (SPELL) (Masterson, Apel, & Wasowicz, 2002) for children who have cochlear implants. Ninety-two stimuli words and sentences from SPELL were adapted into Signed English and video-recorded. The stimuli were administered to two school-aged females with cochlear implants; half of the stimuli were administered live and half were administered on video. Spelling errors were analyzed in segments and words. The Letter-Word Identification subtest from the Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery (WDRB) (Woodcock, 1997) was also administered. The minimal discrepancies between spelling errors in each modality suggests that an accurate measure of spelling can be achieved via video testing.

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© Lauren Elise Hammett

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