Language, Literacy and Social Development
The first few years of a child’s life are considered a “critical period” for developing language. Early hearing screening, identification and quality early intervention services have demonstrated a positive impact on a deaf or hard of hearing child’s language development, vocabulary, learning abiltities, cognition (thinking skills) and social-emotional skills. When a child is identified as deaf or hard of hearing, surrounding the family with multiple levels of support throughout a child's journey to language, literacy, and social-emotional development adds to positive outcomes. At Hands & Voices, we like to keep our eye on the "graduate in the cradle."
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