Should Sign Language be used with the Cochlear Implant?


      (No date). Hearing: A New Choice for Deaf Children and Adults. [Online] Available: [1998,June 22].

Synthesis of Information:

There are many factors that are involved in making this decision. Each child is an individual and the situation is different for each. A lot of children who get the implant early in life do not need the visual stimuli that signing gives them. Some of these children are in mainstream classrooms all day and function just as a typical hearing child. Many factors go into making this decision such as age of onset, presence of other impairments, available facilities, the parents’ preference, and many others. (Web site: Hearing: A New…")


In my opinion if a child is getting the information orally and understands it, processes it correctly, and is able to respond correctly then there is no need for sign language. If the child has the implant and there is still no meaningful communication auditorily or verbally then for communication purposes I think introducing signs can only enhance your communication with your child.

For More Information:

      Schwartz, S. (1996) Choices in Deafness: A Parents’ Guide to Communication Options. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, Inc.

Contact Information:

Dawn Powell
Cochlear Implants
617 Walnut Street
Martins Ferry, OH 43935

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