Twenty years ago, the thirty million word gap emerged in the US as an education issue for children starting kindergarten with language disadvantage. New research however shows the word gap is not the number of words children hear, as first thought. Read: Key To Vocabulary Gap Is Quality Of Conversations Conversational turns between a parent and child emerged as the key to
Families across the US are accessing BabyTalk, an online verbal deaf education program delivered by two leading California-based entities via email, teletherapy and telephone. Kudos to CNN for highlighting the value in remote service delivery (saving families time, money and relationships) by eliminating the need for round-trips to hearing-appointments. As Kathy Sussman, executive director at the Jean Weingarten School
Childrens’ spoken language skills benefit from responsive interactions with childhood educators and parents, according to research from the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham (FPG) child development institute. These points are valid for infants whose hearing issues are detected near birth, and who receive digital hearing devices as a priority. Read: Early Educators Build Childrens’ Communication
Parents of newly-identified children who’re profoundly deaf, have a lot going on. Not least, they must make hearing and communication choices on behalf of the children, and decide how the family is going to communicate in general. Recently, the US state of Florida passed legislation for parents to be told of all the possible communication options
Deaf students with good English language skills are able to learn European languages the same way they did English – visually, and through reading. The use of web-based videos in language-learning allows deaf students to simultaneously see + hear new words in the new language being learned. A good example is SpanishDict.com, the online Spanish
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