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June 26, 1948


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JAMA. 1948;137(9):774-775. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890430016005

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Unfortunately, there are and will be children born deaf, and there will be children whobecome severely deaf between birth and the age of 2. Both of these groups will not be able to learn language and will have difficulty learning speech. There are at present between seventeen thousand and twenty thousand children in our schools for the deaf, these being admitted at the age of 6, when the nursery problem has passed.

But the difficulty at present is that there is no provision for handling the little deaf child between the ages of 2 and 6. Here is a period when much valuable time is lost, when behavior faults and psychologic variations establish themselves and when, if usable remnants of hearing lie unused, attention deafness fixes itself on the child.

One might say something about the possibility of prevention in these cases; yet little can be said. Unbelievably, heredity gives

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