Analytic Study of the Tadoma Method Language Abilities of Three Deaf-Blind Subjects Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1986
Analytic Study of the Tadoma Method
 
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  • Carol Chomsky
    Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1986
Analytic Study of the Tadoma Method
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1986, Vol. 29, 332-347. doi:10.1044/jshr.2903.347
History: Received August 12, 1985 , Accepted January 27, 1986
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1986, Vol. 29, 332-347. doi:10.1044/jshr.2903.347
History: Received August 12, 1985; Accepted January 27, 1986

This study reports on the linguistic abilities of 3 adult deaf-blind subjects. The subjects perceive spoken language through touch, placing a hand on the face of the speaker and monitoring the speaker's articulatory motions, a method of speechreading known as Tadoma. Two of the subjects, deaf-blind since infancy, acquired language and learned to speak through this tactile system; the third subject has used Tadoma since becoming deaf-blind at age 7. Linguistic knowledge and productive language are analyzed, using standardized tests and several tests constructed for this study. The subjects' language abilities prove to be extensive, comparing favorably in many areas with hearing individuals. The results illustrate a relatively minor effect of limited language exposure on eventual language achievement. The results also demonstrate the adequacy of the tactile sense, in these highly trained Tadoma users, for transmitting information about spoken language sufficient to support the development of language and learning to produce speech.

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