This is a multifaceted topic which generates constant research and discussion. Language Deprivation refers to children, most often, who were not exposed to the opportunities of learning a full language, from birth, or very soon thereafter. The lack of exposure stems from a variety of reasons, one of which is withholding signed language in hopes the Deaf child will someday become speaking and hearing. Another reason is simply because there is no known sign language in that part of the world. The implications of this lack of full exposure to language are most often life-impacting and altering.
Language Deprivation is the lack of exposure to language, most often occurring in the early years of life. For children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, full access to a spoken language is not possible, causing the effects of language deprivation, limited or restricted brain development in many areas. These deficits, at this early age, can cause lifelong challenges.