My Language and Literacy Journey is centered around a Middle Income American Family with Irish roots, who live in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. The family is a middle aged couple, who began their family later in life, after age 40. Currently they only have one child, who took them over 4 years to birth due to infertility issues. Their daughter, Leah seemed to be developing well socially by age 2, but linguistically by this same age was showing a few deficits compared to her peers. By the age of 4 she was well behind her peers linguistically, and finally with a diagnosed hearing test, it was found that she had minimal hearing in her left ear and medium hearing in her right ear. Fortunately, after her hearing aids, she was able to begin developing at an advance rate.
My question for my colleagues/peers are:
Do you know of any birth related defects for women who suffer from endometriosis and/or fertility issues?
What strategies of implementation should be implored to a child who could barely hear for the first four years of life?
What interventions can private schools put in place to catch lack of linguistic development early on?
What research are you aware of for families of first born/only children to help their children develop linguistically at a rate as fast as peers who may have older siblings?
***Unfortunately, I am having problems posting my word document link. I have posted it in our courses’ blog section in the blackboard Under Module 3 blog, participate in blog. See link below.
I also have a pdf version below…