Hesperian Health Guides
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.
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.