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How will I know if my child is learning?

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HealthWiki > Helping Children Who Are Deaf > Chapter 7: Choosing and learning a language > How will I know if my child is learning?


It will take time to know if a child is learning a language. After you have worked with a language for several months or more, evaluate how your child is doing. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does my child understand more than she did before?
  • Is my child using speech or sign more often than before?
  • Does she seem interested in learning to communicate? Or is she getting more and more frustrated?
  • Does my child have any behavior problems that may be caused by frustration with not knowing a language, or with not knowing it enough to understand and express herself?
  • Do I enjoy communicating with my child, or is it always a frustrating experience?
  • Can we communicate easily enough so that I am able to talk with my child about what is happening?
  • Does my child communicate well with other people?
  • Can my child understand the information that her brothers and sisters understand?


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