Early numerical cognition in deaf and hearing children: closer than expected?

Título traduzido da contribuição: Early numerical cognition in deaf and hearing children: Closer than expected?

Filipa Ribeiro*, Joana R. Rato, Rita Leonardo, Ana Mineiro

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

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Deaf students show a significant delay in their understanding of numeracy and measurement concepts as well as verbal problem solving. There is still no consensus about the origin of this delay but several studies have shown that deaf people show differences in basic numerical skills and executive function (EF), which could underlie the differences in the way they learn and develop their cognitive abilities. Children have the innate ability to estimate and compare numerosities without using language or numerical symbols. The ability to discriminate large numerosities depends on the approximate number system (ANS), a cognitive system believed to be governed by a neural circuit within the intraparietal sulcus. Researchers hypothesize that the ANS underlies the development of arithmetic and there is data supporting the contribution of the ANS for math achievements. Little is known about the approximate number system of deaf children at early ages. Deaf and hearing preschool children were compared in terms of specific cognitive functions shown to be important for success in mathematics. Executive functions and symbolic and nonsymbolic magnitude comparison abilities of 7 deaf children and 14 hearing children aged 4–7 years (M = 69.90 months, SD = 11.42), were compared. To do so, neuropsychological assessments for school-aged children were adapted into Portuguese Sign Language. Significant group differences were found in abstract counting as well as in symbolic and nonsymbolic magnitude comparisons. These findings suggest that deaf children are less competent in these early numeracy skills than are their hearing peers.
Título traduzido da contribuiçãoEarly numerical cognition in deaf and hearing children: Closer than expected?
Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (de-até)119-133
Número de páginas15
Número de emissão2
Estado da publicaçãoPublished - 2022

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