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Up to 40% of children who are deaf or hard of hearing have problems not just with language delay but with learning, behavior, and motor development. Examples of disabilities include:
The combination of hearing loss and a disability puts children at risk for language and communication challenges and also for life-long disability. Because of the diverse nature of the additional disabilities, studies have been difficult to conduct and knowledge about outcomes has been limited.
The overall goal of our research program is to provide clinicians and families with highly relevant and informative evidence to help children meet their full potential. In doing so, we hope to:
For nearly 10 years our research program has been focused on studying children who are deaf or hard of hearing with disabilities. The program is guided by a developmental pediatrician who is an expert in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The unique skill set of our team has enhanced our understanding of the impact of developmental disabilities on the deaf or hard of hearing child. We will continue working towards providing evidence that may better delineate factors contributing to improved outcomes among children who are deaf or hard of hearing with developmental disabilities.
Do you have an idea or a need?
We try to keep our research studies focused on answering questions that
matter to children, families, and professionals. If you have ideas about important questions
or information that you would find helpful, we are open to hearing about your
We are working on establishing an advisory board to help guide our research
efforts. This board will include
families, individuals who are deaf/hoh, and professionals to help guide our
efforts. If you are interested in
becoming involved please Jareen Meinzen-Derr by email Jareen.Meinzen-Derr@cchmc.org.
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