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Children with Loss of Hearing

Language Development

Children With Hearing loss

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Children with hearing loss-

Not all aspects of language depend on actual communication using speech. Deaf children will independently develop a group of body language to express meaning. Systems such as these develop at approximately the same age as children with hearing develop speech. Both groups begin by expressing either in words or gestures about the same item such as toys, animals, people and other things in there environment that they have been exposed to. This indicated the Nurture is a reality, the account of children inventing symbolic representations to communicate promotes the idea that a child’s environment influences language development. Even though Children who are deaf cannot verbalize their desires, needs, feelings and emotions, their environments influence them to create individualized language in order to be expressive. This invented way of communication is not the only way they can communicate, which is why ASL is commonly introduced. ASL stands for American Sign Language. The degree to which a child masters the skill of using ASL varies. A child who is deaf and has parents who hear typically, will not master sign language as well as a child who is deaf and has at least one parent who is also deaf. This clearly reflects the environment which the child is exposed to.