Every D/HH child deserves a strong first language foundation. Language must be the first intervention for these children and must be prioritized over speech production and listening skills. Language— not specifically spoken language, but any language— is necessary for proper brain development.
Promoting spoken language at the exclusion of a signed language is one underlying issue. The Language First philosophy is to provide a D/HH child with both languages and allow the child to choose which one, if not both, works best for them. Language First serves as an ASL/English bilingualism resource for parents of D/HH children and professionals in deaf education and aims to raise awareness about the neurological effects of a late first language acquisition. Browse handouts, videos, and research to help further understanding of the importance of early and accessible language for D/HH children.