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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

Committee Chair(s)

Jess King


Jess King


Babies who are born with hearing loss have historically missed out on early language acquisition opportunities due to delayed diagnosis. Over 95% of deaf children are born to hearing families who would have no reason to suspect a hearing loss until typical language development is not evidenced (Marschark, 2010). Unfortunately, a dearth of language acquisition in early childhood has damaging affects on any subsequent language learning as well as social and emotional development. By waiting until children are of an age to evidence this lack of language, their overall language capability is already impeded, and the consequences of this delay will manifest throughout the child’s lifetime (Mayberry, 2009; Moeller, 2000; Watkins, 1987; Yoshinaga-Itano, 2003).

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