|Ewa Kott, Anna Zakrzewska, Mariola Śliwińska-Kowalska|
Introduction. Nowadays, in the époque of successful neonatal
hearing screening and early intervention in hearing-impaired
children, there is still a debate about the optimal method of
early prelingual auditory development evaluation from birth
to 24 months of age. Although the Infant Toddler – Meaningful
Auditory Integration Scale (IT-MAIS) seems to be a good option
for this purpose, so far it has not been adapted for Polish
Aim. Preparation of the Polish version of IT-MAIS for the
assessment of early prelingual auditory development, along with
the pilot study in three neonates.
Material and methods. The study included two normal hearing
neonates, 3- and 6-month old and one hearing-impaired child,
evaluated at 3 months of age and then at 6 months of age – after
three months of hearing aid use. The ten-item IT-MAIS has
been translated into, and adapted to the Polish language. The
maximum possible score is 40 points in hearing-impaired child
provided with a hearing aid or cochlear implant, while in normalhearing
child the maximum possible score is 36 points.
Results. The results of normal hearing children were as follow:
the 3-month old neonate received 5 points (score 11%), and the
6-month old neonate received 12 points (score 33%). The score
of hearing-impaired child was 1 point (3%) at the age of 3 months
and 5 points (11%) after 3 months of hearing aids use.
Conclusions. The results of the study indicate that IT-MAIS
is a friendly and easy-to-use tool for the assessment of early
prelingual development in neonates. It seems to reliably
characterize the improvement of sound-dependent skills in
normal-hearing children, as well as the progress of hearing
rehabilitation in hearing-impaired children.
keywords: rozwój słuchowy, niemowlęta, małe dzieci, rozwój mowy,auditory development, infants, toddlers, language development
pages: from 82 to 90
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