volume 146, issue Supplement 3, PS310-S315 2020
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-0242l
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Amy Szarkowski, Alys Young, Danielle Matthews, Jareen Meinzen-Derr

Abstract: Although major strides have been made in supporting the linguistic development of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children, a high risk of pragmatic delay persists and often goes unrecognized. Pragmatic development (the growing sensitivity to one's communication partner when producing and comprehending language in context) is fundamental to children's social-cognitive development and to their well-being. We review the reasons why DHH children are vulnerable to pragmatic developmental challenges and the potentia…

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