One of the most amazing and important accomplishments of infancy and early childhood is the development of language. Babies start to use their first words around one year of age. And in no time (around age 4), they know more than 1,500 words and begin telling stories. Language skills developed during the preschool years serve as a wonderful foundation for learning in school.
Children with solid language skills often become strong readers and writers. When a baby is born deaf or hard of hearing, the process of developing language can be delayed. Such delays can be prevented or reduced through
early intervention. Family members can encourage a baby's language, listening, signing and speech during natural daily routines. This section includes important information about early intervention, development of communication with your baby, ideas for nurturing language development, and support opportunities for the whole family.