The Educational Implications of Cocaine-Exposed Hearing-Impaired Children

Date of Graduation

Fall 1991


Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Chair

Liebertz Onn


The purpose of this study was to determine the effects and possible educational implications cocaine exposure in utero has on a hearing-impaired child. A 3 and 1/2 year old child (D.A.) identified as both cocaine-exposed and hearing-impaired served as the subject for this study. Her behaviors were compared with characteristics commonly-reported in cocaine-exposed children. One characteristic of educational significance is the inability to process more than one sensory input at a time. An informal procedure was designed to assess this effect on learning. The results indicated that D.A. exhibits some of the commonly-reported characteristics. The presence of multiple stimuli had no significant effect on her ability to learn. There is a need for longitudinal research to document the characteristics of cocaine-exposed, hearing-impaired children.

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders


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