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Year of Award



Master of Science (MS)


College of Education & Allied Health


Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

First Advisor

Susan T. Lenihan

Second Advisor

Lynne Shields

Third Advisor

Jenna Voss


language, detection, homonyms, riddle, reading


Previous research has indicated that individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing struggle with reading comprehension and that there are few evidence-based practices to improve reading comprehension with this population. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether explicit instruction of semantic ambiguity detection, a subset of metalinguistic awareness, would improve reading comprehension for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It was hypothesized that this instruction would result in increased reading comprehension, specifically on a paragraph-completion task. Four participants attended intervention sessions that taught them to analyze semantic ambiguity in words, sentences, riddles, and text. Results were partially supportive of the hypothesis. Results suggested that this type of intervention is beneficial in helping children who are deaf or hard of hearing develop a metalinguistic awareness ability important to overall reading comprehension.

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