The Impact of Language Deprivation on the Overall Development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

“Communication Access” Lauralee, age 6

For decades psychologists, medical professionals, and researchers have known that there is a critical period for language acquisition in humans. That critical period is approximately the first 5 years of a child’s life when there is an elevated neurological sensitivity for language development (Hall et al, 2017; Gulati, S. 2014).

Language deprivation during the critical period appears to have permanent consequences for long-term neurological development.

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