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Deaf Children - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124479500, 9781483218557

Deaf Children

1st Edition

Developmental Perspectives

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Editor: Lynn S. Liben
eBook ISBN: 9781483218557
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1979
Page Count: 262
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Deaf Children: Developmental Perspectives aims to identify new areas of research, evaluation, and application related to deafness. The book discusses the development of deaf children; the methodological issues in research with deaf children; and the structural properties of American sign language. The text also describes the acquisition of signed and spoken language; speculations concerning deafness and learning to read; future prospects in language and communication for the congenitally deaf. The role of vision in language acquisition by deaf children; research and clinical issues on impulse control in deaf children; and the effects of deafness on childhood development are also considered. The book further tackles the education implications of research and theory with the deaf; developmental perspectives on the experiential deficiencies of deaf children; and the development of the deaf individual and the deaf community. Scholars interested in more general issues within disciplines such as sociology, developmental psychology, linguistics, psycholinguistics, experimental psychology, communication, clinical psychology, psychiatry, and education will find the text invaluable.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


I Introduction

1 The Development of Deaf Children: An Overview of Issues


Individual Differences in Deafness

Family Environments

Linguistic Environments

Educational Environments



2 The "Natural History" of a Research Project: An Illustration of Methodological Issues in Research with Deaf Children

Criteria and Procedures for Recruitment of Subjects

Selection of Matching or Comparison Groups

Other Potential Variables for the Selection of Subjects

Summary and Conclusions


II Linguistic Issues

3 Structural Properties of American Sign Language

Basic Issues in the Study of Sign Language

On Pantomime and Signs

Historical Change in American Sign Language

On the Internal Structure of Signs: Evidence from the Experimental Study of Short-Term Memory

Slips of the Hand

Grammatical Processes



4 The Acquisition of Signed and Spoken Language

Traditional Transmission of Ameslan: Deaf Children of Deaf Parents

Connie's Children

The Process of Learning Bimodal Language

First Signs

Word-Sign Order

End of Words-Signs

Perceptual Salience and Other Morphemes



Some Speculations Concerning Deafness and Learning To Read

Locus of the Problem

Cognitive Factors

Some Aspects of Linguistic Structure Relevant to Reading

A Prospectus for One Stage in Reading Development



6 Future Prospects in Language and Communication for the Congenitally Deaf

The Early Acquisition of Language

An Ideal Written Language

Cross-Modality Transformation Rules and Supplementary Communication Devices

Summary an d Conclusions


7 On The Role of Vision in Language Acquisition by Deaf Children

Vision as a Channel for Language Acquisition

Manual Signing

The Visual Representation of Speech



III Social Development

8 Impulse Control in Deaf Children: Research and Clinical Issues

Research on Impulse Control in Deaf Children: A Review

Etiology of Poor Impulse Control in Deaf People

Theoretical Alternatives

Parental Hearing Status: Implications for Impulse Control

Implications for Intervention


9 The Effects of Deafness on Childhood Development: An Eriksonian Perspective

Infancy: The Development of Trust

Early Childhood: Autonomy versus Shame and Doubt

Later Childhood: Initiative versus Guilt



IV Educational and Cultural Contexts

10 Current Research and Theory with the Deaf: Educational Implications

The Research to Application Process

Contributions of Ethology

Relationship of Thought, Language, and Deafness

Manual Communication, Sign Language, and Total Communication



11 Developmental Perspectives on the Experiential Deficiencies of Deaf Children

A Piagetian Perspective on Experiential Deficiencies

The Deaf Childs Environment

Summary and Conclusions


12 The Development of the Deaf Individual and the Deaf Community

Institutional Control

Family Dynamics and Social Interaction

Individual Functioning



Author Index

Subject Index


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Lynn S. Liben

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