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aud 2003, 12(1 And 2): 39-45 Back to browse issues page
Communication between deaf children and their hearing mothers:The role of language, gesture, and vocalizations
Faranak Sakhedri
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In the present longitudinal study, 20 deaf and 20 hearing children were observed during free play with their hearing mothers when the children were 22 months and 3 years of age. Compared to hearing children, deaf children were severely language delayed, with deaf 3-year-olds using less language (speech or sign) than hearing 22-month-olds. Deaf children communicated primarily through nonlinguistic vocalizations, with increasing use of gesture from 22 months to 3 years of age. Although mothers of deaf children used more visual communication than mothers of hearing children, they still primarily communicated through speech. In addition, deaf children did not visually attend to much of their mothers&apos communication. Therefore, deaf children received much less communication than hearing children. These results suggest that intervention efforts should be focused on increasing the quantity of perceived linguistic input by the child.

Keywords: deaf children, gesture, language development
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Accepted: 2013/10/23 | Published: 2017/12/19
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