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date: 24 January 2021

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Knowledge and practices related to development of language and language-related skills of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) individuals have advanced significantly over the past 40 to 50 years. Advances have been supported by increased collaboration across disciplines, easier and more rapid communications, more sophisticated understanding of the nature of language(s), more sensitive and varied intervention and education approaches, and methods for early identification of hearing status and subsequent earlier experiences with language. Developmental expectations for DHH children born in the 21st century are significantly brighter than for those born only a few decades earlier. However, questions and challenges remain. In most cases, though, the questions themselves have become more complex, more specific, and increasingly likely to lead to further advances.

Keywords: language development, deaf, hard of hearing, simultaneous communication, sign bilingual, neonatal hearing assessment, cochlear implants

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