This via medicalxpress.com: “Most agree that the earlier you expose a child to a language, the easier it is for that child to pick it up. The same rules apply for deaf children.”
Research by Kearsy Cormier, Adam Schembri, David Vinson and Eleni Orfanidou.
The conclusion–from the article which can be found here–states:
“The current study supports many others showing that early exposure to accessible language is much more likely to result in successful language acquisition than later exposure. The advantages of early sign language exposure remain clear even with rapid advances in hearing aids and cochlear implants (Mayer & Leigh, 2010). Bilingual education is the best way of ensuring that deaf children have early exposure to both a signed language and a spoken/written language, which will provide the deaf child with the best chance for successful language acquisition, in either or both languages (Grosjean, 2001).”
Narratives of deafhearing family life, written in a poetic way, can be found at the heart of the book, Signs of Hope. I wrote them this way to draw attention to the rhythms, repetitions, pauses and emphases of speech and sign. I wrote them this way to draw attention to the fact that this is my writing, constructed by me, based on the signs and words of the families.
I have chosen one short story each from Brigit, Bella, Georgina, Toni, Thomas, Dora & Luke, and from Maisie & Harper and posted them for you to read here. They’re little windows onto a whole world of stories of family life, of sign language, of deaf and hearing life …
This via the Deafhood group on Facebook: “Language acquisition for deaf children: Reducing the harms of zero tolerance to the use of alternative approaches” by Tom Humphries, Poorna Kushalnagar, Gaurav Mathur, Donna Jo Napoli, Carol Padden, Christian Rathmann and Scott R Smith. This article, in the Harm Reduction Journal 2012, 9:16 can be found in provisional format here.