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Chapter 2: Children who cannot hear well need help early

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HealthWiki > Helping Children Who Are Deaf > Chapter 2: Children who cannot hear well need help early

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In their first years of life, all children, including children who are deaf or cannot hear well, will learn more skills and learn them more quickly and easily than at any other time in their lives. Their physical development is easy to see. First they crawl, and then they walk and run.

A girl speaking as she helps her little brother clap his hands.
Now it's your turn!

Children also start to develop mentally as soon as they are born. The baby's brain is like a sponge that has a great capacity to absorb new things. During the first years, children who can hear learn language very quickly. As their language and communication develop, their ability to think also grows. That is why it is very important for parents to help children who are deaf or cannot hear well learn a language as early as possible. With a language, children who cannot hear well can also develop their mental abilities.

A boy, his younger brother, and his father use sign language.
Papa, where does the sun go at night?
What do you think, Hari?
To sleep?