Communication skills in blind children: a preliminary investigation
James, D.M. and Stojanovik, V. (2007) Communication skills in blind children: a preliminary investigation. Child: Care, Health and Development, 33 (1). pp. 4-10. ISSN 0305-1862
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2006.00621.x
Background: There are anecdotal reports that blind children sometimes use language inappropriately, but there has been no recent systematic investigation of the communication skills of children with congenital blindness. The aim of the present study was to conduct a preliminary investigation of the communication skills of a group of children with congenital blindness. Methods: The parents of eight congenitally blind children completed the Children's Communication Checklist-2. Results: The checklist ratings showed that the communication profiles of a large proportion of the group warranted clinical investigation or were indicative of a communication disorder. Conclusions: The results from this preliminary investigation support the need for a larger study on the communication skills of children with congenital blindness.