Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing With Additional Learning Needs Additional learning problems are common in children who are deaf or hard of hearing (HoH). This higher rate of additional disabilities beyond the general population may be related to the overlap of causes for hearing loss, such as prematurity, that also can impact child development. Delayed identification of atypical learning ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2012
Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing With Additional Learning Needs
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  • Susan Wiley
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH
  • Disclosure: Susan Wiley has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Susan Wiley has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
  • Susan Wiley is a developmental pediatrician with a focused clinical and research interest in children who are deaf or hard of hearing with coexisting disabilities. She has evaluated more than 700 children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Her research interests have focused on understanding the language and functional progress of children who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional disabilities.
    Susan Wiley is a developmental pediatrician with a focused clinical and research interest in children who are deaf or hard of hearing with coexisting disabilities. She has evaluated more than 700 children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Her research interests have focused on understanding the language and functional progress of children who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional disabilities.×
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Article   |   October 01, 2012
Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing With Additional Learning Needs
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2012, Vol. 22, 57-67. doi:10.1044/hhdc22.2.57
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2012, Vol. 22, 57-67. doi:10.1044/hhdc22.2.57

Additional learning problems are common in children who are deaf or hard of hearing (HoH). This higher rate of additional disabilities beyond the general population may be related to the overlap of causes for hearing loss, such as prematurity, that also can impact child development. Delayed identification of atypical learning strategies impacts appropriate interventions for all of a child's needs and, furthermore, may impact communication strategies, thus negatively impacting language outcomes. In this article, I outline some red flags for additional disabilities in children who are deaf or HoH. I will present an algorithm for thinking systematically through causes of slow language progress in children who are deaf or HoH to guide professionals who work with children. I will stress strategies to identify expanded team members and collaborate towards improved outcomes for children with different learning needs.

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