Language Deprivation

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.