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November 1988

Intellectually Gifted Deaf Adolescents: Academic and Behavioral Correlates

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Washington, DC

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(11):1231. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860230025015

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At the third annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Kiawah Island, SC, Patrick Brookhouser, MD, Boys Town National Institute, Omaha, presented his findings regarding academic and behavioral correlates in intellectually gifted deaf adolescents. There is a linear correlation in hearing children between intelligence tests and school performance. The verbal aspect is very predictive. In deaf children, this association has not been addressed in the literature. In 109 intellectually gifted (nonverbal IQ, more than 130; average verbal IQ, 102) deaf (average hearing loss, 105 dB) adolescents (average age, 14.5 years) participating in a summer camp, correlations involving both verbal and nonverbal IQ and academic achievement using the Stanford Achievement Test for Deaf Individuals were explored. Social adjustments and behavioral characteristics were also studied. The cause of hearing loss in this population was representative of all causes, and there was a slight tendency in children with genetic hearing loss

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