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Lucie Van Bogaert

Lucie Van Bogaert

Laboratoire de Psychologie et NeuroCognition
Bâtiment Michel Dubois - Bureau E120
1251 avenue Centrale CS 40700
38058 GRENOBLE Cedex 09

PhD thesis

Subject : Sustaining oralcommunicative skills in children with hearing impairment

PhD supervision : Hélène LOEVENBRUCK & Anne VILAIN

Funding : European network ITN Comm4CHlLD

Although hearing technologies can often efficiently restore auditory functions, there is a large range of recuperatlon levels, and some children with hearing impairment have difficulties developing adequate oral language skills. We expect that speech skills can be predicted by audiologicai profile, communicative experience, and intervention method. Thorough quaniitative descriptions of the speech abilities of children with hearing impairment are needed to sort out predicting factors and to improve intervention strategies. The aim of this project is to provide an account of speech production and perception abilities in children with prelingual hearing impairment with various audiological and linguistic profiles, and who benefit from various intervention methods. Fine acoustic measurements, intelligibility assessments, and perception tests will be combined. The impact of intervention methods on these measurements will be assessed. This study will provide a quantitative normative description of the various speech patterns of children with hearing impairment in relation to predictive factors, such as age of implantation, duration of implant use, communication modes and practice, unilateral vs. bilateral implantation. These normative data will provide a comprehensive overview of the oral communicative skills of children with hearing impairment and help us to establish evidence-based guidelines for early speech remediation and school support for this specific population. Bridges will be built between linguistics, psychoacoustics, audiology, and sociolinguistrcs.


2015-2018 : Bachelor in Speech Therapy (Free University of Brussels, ULB)

2018 -2020 : Master’s Degree in Speech Therapy (Free University of Brussels, ULB). Research thesis : Generation of Signs and Verbal Words within Semantic and Phonological categories : Data from Deaf Children who responded with Sign and Oral Languages. Supervised by Jacqueline Leybaert (CRCN, Centre de Recherches Cognition & Neurosciences)