My essay topic is the language development of deaf infants and children. In my opinion, this is an important topic to discuss, due to the lack of public knowledge concerning the deaf population. Through this essay, I wish to present how a child is diagnosed as having a hearing loss (including early warning signs), options that parents have for their children once diagnosed (specifically in relation to education of language), common speech teaching methods used today, typical language development for these children, and some emotional, social, and mental difficulties faced by the deaf child and the child’s family that have an immense effect on the child’s education.
When most people think of the process of language development in “normal” children, the concepts that come to mind are of babies imitating, picking up sounds and words from the speakers around them. Trying to imagine that a child who cannot hear one single sound a person makes can learn to speak a language is absolutely fascinating. These children range from amazin...
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- Recent changes in treatment of pre-lingual deafness and technological advancements have impacted linguistic outcomes for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (Figueras et al., 2007; Papsin & Gordon, 2007). Most children who are identified early, amplified by one year-of-age, and receive quality Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) intervention services can achieve levels comparable to peers in regard to language ability and cognitive function (Figueras et al., 2007; Papsin & Gordon, 2007). While current LSL programs promote spoken language development and higher cognitive function, critical aspects influence performance levels.... [tags: Deaf, Vocabulary, Children]
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- This had to be the hardest paper that I have written here at Ashford. I think a lot had to do with finding four articles that I could really relate to. Well, then again finding the articles that interested me the most in one of the following areas: cognitive development, language development, social development, or memory and the brain in children and infants. Most students would say that this is easy, however, my situation is not like most students. I have a 6 year old little girl, named Racine, that is my true inspiration.... [tags: Linguistics, Child Development]
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- Existing research suggests that there may be positive effects of teaching sign language to hearing infants who haven’t yet developed vocal communication. Sign language systems have been used successfully with individuals who have difficulty learning to communicate through vocal language. In addition to individuals with hearing impairments, individuals with developmental disabilities such as autism and mental retardation have learned to communicate through signs (Bryen & Joyce, 1986). Various researches conducted on different groups of infants conclude similar results.... [tags: improving learning process, better communication]
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- Over 50 years ago, audiologists, educators, parents, and medical personnel recognized and stressed the importance of early identification of hearing loss among infants. The understanding of a need for early identification of a child’s hearing loss has led us to the modern technology and assessment of hearing for newborns, most commonly referred to as the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS). In the United States, as of 2007, over 90% of newborns are being screened. UNHS uses Automatic Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) to “detect permanent or fluctuating, bilateral or unilateral, and sensory or conductive hearing loss that averages 30 to 40 dB or greater... [tags: Language acquisition, Linguistics]
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- Language development is a complex topic which has been largely debated about amongst linguists over a long period of time. Some believe that language is acquired through experience and communication with those in their environment (nurture). Studies have indicated that there is a correlation between environmental factors (such as the way we speak to infants and socio economic status) and language acquisition. Conversely, others claim that language development is natural and innate (nature). Research shows how language is inherent regardless of what the language is.... [tags: Linguistics, Language acquisition, Noam Chomsky]
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- First language acquisition is a product of active, repetitive, and complex learning and it is essential that adult caregivers be active participants in the learning process. Language acquisition is the process by which humans acquire the capacity to perceive and comprehend language, as well as to produce and use words and sentences to communicate. Although there are many differences in parent-child interaction patterns around the world, virtually all normally developing children become language users at the same rate.... [tags: first language acquisition]
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- The Cognitive Imperative of American Sign Language As a cultural group, Deaf Americans present a thriving and distinct example of language in action. Many of the traditions of Deaf culture—including storytelling, word games, etc.—are celebrations of American Sign Language (ASL). But contemporary Deaf Americans face myriad issues, including the preservation of sign language as it relates to the child’s upbringing and education in particular. Because a child with a profound hearing loss is not able to access the language that pervades their environment, it is crucial that these children are given ASL as soon as possible.... [tags: deaf culture]
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- During isolation, children face numerous problems such as lack of socialization, neglect of the senses, little to no affection, and rare movement. Little interaction with other humans leaves the child unable to learn the general norms of society. This is especially seen in children who run away to outdoor habitats. It is said that "When a child is brought up in contact with animals, striking similarity to the behavior of those animals is exhibited, and such behavior proves difficult to eradicate” (Dennis 1).... [tags: tabula rasa, john locke]
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- Autism is a mental condition that can occur in children from birth but is diagnosed in early infancy or early childhood. It is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout the lifetime of a person. It can be considered as a spectrum of disorders characterized by severe developmental deficiencies that can affect socialization, communication, emotional development and can cause repetitive or unusual behaviors. The ranges of the symptoms are mild to severe. There is a milder form of the disorder known as Asperger syndrome.... [tags: neurobiology, development, autistic children]
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- As humans we learn from what we see and hear others doing, this is the same way that we learn languages. It is amazing to watch infants grow into toddlers and learning our language. To see how over a rather small amount of time they learn to not only understand what we are saying, but to use it in their life and learn more and more words, then to properly start using them. My youngest siblings are going to be 2 and 6 at the end of the year and to see how much they have learned in what is truly a small amount of time compared to the life expectancy of someone nowadays is simply put spectacular.... [tags: Hearing impairment, Deaf culture, Cochlea]
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