Comparative study of adaptive behavior in children with normal hearing and deaf children 12 to 36 months

Mohammd Effatpanah, Saeed Bitarafan, Mitra Radfar, Shokofeh Radfar


Background and Objectives: Hearing loss in children is a main cause of malfunction in them. On the other hand, adaptive Behavior includes the age-appropriate behaviors necessary for people to live normally and in daily life. The objective of this study was to compare the adaptive behaviors of 12-36 months deaf and normal children.

Method: In this case- control study, we compared adaptive behaviors score of 40 deaf children with 40 normal children. Adaptive behaviors were measured using Vineland scale.

Results: In 12 to 24 month children, there was a significant difference between two groups (P=0.007). However, in 24 to 36 month children there was no significant difference between the two groups (P > 0.05).

Conclusions: It seems that parental acceptance of children's hearing losses can lead to an improvement in adaptive behaviors of their children.


Deafness, adaptive behaviors, child

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