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The World of Deaf InfantsA Longitudinal Study$
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Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, Patricia E. Spencer, and Lynne Sanford Koester

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147902.001.0001

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The Development of Play

The Development of Play

Effects of Hearing Status, Language, and Maternal Responsiveness

(p.189) 12 The Development of Play
The World of Deaf Infants

Patricia E. Spencer

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes child play to document stages in play shown by two groups of deaf children (Dd and Hd) and a group of hearing children (Hh) across the ages when play typically progresses from presymbolic to symbolic levels. Effects and interrelations of child and dyadic hearing status, child language production, and maternal responsiveness are investigated. The children in all three groups progressed through similar steps in the acquisition and demonstration of representational and symbolic play, thus indicating the robustness of the developmental course of this ability. However, the age at appearance and the time spent in production of higher levels of play were associated with and apparently influenced by the other factors investigated. An effect of child hearing status was found at 12 months for the production of representational play, with hearing children more likely than either group of deaf children to play at this level.

Keywords:   child play, deaf children, hearing status

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