It is very possible for children with a hearing loss to achieve and develop a fluent and intelligible spoken language when their residual hearing is applied to the fullest extent in an interactive language learning environment. Based on twenty five years of advisory and hands-on research and experience across fourteen countries in five continents, this book is a practical guide for those seeking to lead children with hearing impairment to fluent intelligible spoken language by engaging in quality interaction at the language learning stage. Challenges professionals to examine their existing approach to early intervention in the lives of families of children with hearing loss in light of recent advances in audiology, technology, medical science, and psycholinguistics. Stresses the importance of drawing on the patterns of early language learning in children with normal hearing as a model for those with a hearing loss. Presents the necessary components, as well as the practical solutions to the problems experienced, for creating a rich, language-enabling environment.
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