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Above 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents who are often non-fluent with sign language. The developmental consequences of early language deprivation experienced by deaf children can be witnessed in their later life outcomes. A significant portion of the deaf population are prone to cognitive delays, poor educational experiences, diminished career opportunities, and psychosocial difficulties (Hall 2017, 961). Given this, it becomes imperative to improve early childhood language experiences. To foster neuropsychological growth, language must be accessible to the child; in the case of deaf children, this would mean early exposure to a visual language...

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