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December 8, 1962


JAMA. 1962;182(10):42. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050490106036

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Below-normal speech and hearing may be detected by a mother when a child is only a few months old, according to an audiologist who reported last month at the American Speech and Hearing Association convention in New York City.

E. Evelyn Britt, speech and hearing specialist at the Loma Linda University campus in Los Angeles, described a study she made at Johns Hopkins University Child Growth and Development Center in Maryland. She found that mothers' reports of their infants' responses to certain sound and voice stimuli appear highly dependable as a basis for detection of underdeveloped abilities in their children.

With more than a hundred children studied, mothers were periodically interviewed. Their answers to such questions as "Exactly what does your child do when the telephone rings nearby?" provided information about the child's speech and hearing abilities which was later confirmed by medical examinations.

"By the age of eight months,"