How to Prevent Deaf Children from Language Deprivation?
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“Effects of Early Language Deprivation on Brain Connectivity: Language Pathways in Deaf Native and Late First-Language Learners of American Sign Language” https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00320/full
“What you don’t know can hurt you: The risk of language deprivation by impairing sign language development in deaf children” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5392137/
National Association of the Deaf: “Position Statement On Early Cognitive and Language Development and Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children” https://www.nad.org/about-us/position-statements/position-statement-on-early-cognitive-and-language-development-and-education-of-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-children/
Video ID: The headline at the top is “Language Deprivation: how to prevent deaf children from it? When communicating with voice to a deaf child, spoken words may be provided but not fully accessible. There is a critical time for the brain of 0-5 years old to absorb language that is unlike any other time. The effects of language delay can result in writing, reading, and social challenges compared to those who acquired language at toddler age. To reach life goals, it would take language delayed children, compared to language acquired, more challenge to reach the mountain top in social, career, and other opportunities, as rocky obstacles are much more in the way. Many medical professionals assume hearing aids and cochlear implants will provide enough language access to a deaf child. This is not 100% perfect.To prevent the effects of language delay, use sign language as early as possible. Where to start? Learn online. Take sign language classes. Using sign language earlier is better. The more inclusive of sign language, the less risk one will have. Including sign language is the key to living a productive life. For all deaf and hard of hearing children: use sign language asap!