Building Language in Babies and Toddlers Who Are Deaf

Cued Speech builds language and an internal understanding of a spoken language. So when we cue to our children, we are providing the building blocks for language, communication and ultimately literacy.

Building language in babies and toddlers who are deaf and hard of hearing is as simple as just cueing, the same way a parent would develop language in a hearing child. Still, there are some guidelines that provide an outline for parents in need of more specifics.

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Two pages of a pop-up book. The left page says good and the right page says egg. A three-dimensional pop-up of a young chick breakout out of its egg is in the middle

Language In Yields Language Out

By Sarina Roffé

The most important advice I received as the parent of a deaf baby was that to build language, I had to talk talk talk for months and months before my child would show signs of understanding language and it would be even more time before he would express language. The basic concept is language in yields language out. 

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