Exposing deaf or hard of hearing children to signed or spoken language early is critical to their ability to learn a language. That's one of the findings of a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
But there are some obstacles to providing quality early intervention for all children with hearing problems as well as determining whether those programs are effective.
One of those challenges is that early intervention service providers and schools have trouble attracting and retaining qualified staff. Schools and service providers have difficulty retaining teachers, interpreters, and other staff because these professionals can receive better pay outside of the education system.
Read more of Nirvi Shah's article in On Special Education HERE.