Specific EF-Related Tasks and Reading in Adolescents With Typical Hearing or a Cochlear Implant

Mario Figueroa, Núria Silvestre, Sònia Darbra

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The acquisition of effective reading comprehension for adolescents with cochlear implant (CI) in inclusive settings is crucial for ensuring the benefit of current traditional reading curricula and instructional practices. Executive functions (EF) are recognized as important cognitive processes during reading by students with typical hearing (TH). This study compared the relationship between EF and reading comprehension in adolescents with TH and CI. Three tests sessions were performed on two groups of adolescents between 12 and 16 years old (36 with CI and 54 with TH). Reading comprehension was assessed by a standardized reading battery and EF by computerized tests. The results indicated that adolescents with CI perform EF tasks with a similar efficiency as the TH group, but the performance of CI group on expository texts was lower than in TH students. Reading comprehension of expository texts was related to inhibition and shifting in adolescents with CI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-162
Number of pages11
JournalCommunication Disorders Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • cochlear implants
  • deaf
  • middle school
  • reading


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