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Communication is critical for students with hearing loss, the difficulty arises for those whose primary language is manual sign language, rather than spoken English. Children with hearing loss are at a disadvantage due to the delay in development of language opportunities (unless they are one of the 10% who are born to deaf parents). Teachers need to be aware of these delays as it may negatively impact the ability of the child to "catch up" to their typically hearing peers. The same may also be true for children who are born to Deaf adults (CODAs), where manual sign language is the child's first language. Early intervention is necessary to provide exposure to spoken English for these children as well. Is your school/district following these students who are often getting missed?

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