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Social-Emotional Development in Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

by Jane Freeman

Social-emotional development is a crucial part of a deaf or hard of hearing child’s overall development. It impacts the child’s language development, academic and social success, and psychological well-being throughout the school years and beyond. Consequently, it is vital to build the foundations for healthy social-emotional development from day one of a child’s life.

In the National Science Foundation of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)research brief, Dr. Linda Lytle and Dr. Gina A. Oliva provide a rich breadth of research on the important relationship between social-emotional development and language skills, learning, self-esteem, readiness for school, social experiences, and other important elements of the whole child. They also offer tips and best practices for fostering social-emotional development in various aspects of the child’s life, at home and in school.

Click here to see the brief and to download it as a PDF.

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