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Language ability after early detection of hearing impairment - reply

Kennedy, C., Watkin, P. and Worsfold, S. (2006) Language ability after early detection of hearing impairment - reply New England Journal of Medicine, 355, (7), p. 734.

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I was surprised that the article by Kennedy et al. (May 18 issue)1 about language acquisition in deaf children did not mention signing or sign language. Deaf children cannot hear. This creates natural limits on the effectiveness of speech as a medium for the acquisition of language. Hearing parents can and do learn to sign. Deaf children gain real language competence through signing. The introduction of sign language into the infant's environment as the result of hearing screening should be the test of the efficacy of screening and progress in language acquisition.

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Published date: 2006
Keywords: impairment, hearing impairment


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PURE UUID: de59ab09-c04c-4a26-a326-56594ec4e829

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:20

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Author: C. Kennedy
Author: P. Watkin
Author: S. Worsfold

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