Parent Sensitivity Improves Development After Cochlear Implant

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Parent Sensitivity Improves Development After Cochlear Implant
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 2:08pm

Researchers studied how a parent's sensitivity to their child after getting a cochlear implant impacted their hearing and language development.  They found that mothers that were more sensitive and warm had children that progressed faster: 

"I was surprised that maternal sensitivity had such strong and consistent effects on oral language learning," says Quittner, director, Child Division in the Department of Psychology, at the UM College of Arts and Sciences. "The findings indicate that pediatric cochlear implant programs should offer parent training that facilitates a more positive parent-child relationship and fosters the child's development of autonomy and positive regard." 

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It's interesting that there is a correlation between the two, and makes me wonder if it is the same for children that do not have hearing impairments.  

What do you think about these findings?