The Need and Feasibility of Early Language Emphasis for the Congenitally Deaf
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Techniques for educating deaf children which have developed over the years are unique and highly specialized. However, evidence has shown that too many children coming out of programs for the deaf are unable to read at the fifth-grade level, unable to write a simple sentence, unable to speechread beyond basic expressions, and have an unintelligible speaking manner. In order to understand deafness and teach the deaf child, it is essential to have a clear understanding of language and language acquisition. The purpose of this paper is to present current educational methods and relate to the need and feasibility of early intervention to facilitate language acquisition in congenitally deaf children.