A group of four children of varying ages cluster together, smiling at the camera. One child makes the sign for "I love you".

The author explains why deaf children need early visual language. If deaf children start learning language too late they will have more difficulty. If language is not taught visually, then it is not accessible for many deaf children. Deaf children who learn sign language in preschool do better in school and in reading skills when they are older. The author recommends that parents and teachers should expose deaf children to both sign language and also spoken language.

The article focuses on deaf children in the United States. Most of the information is similar for any deaf child in any country, except that different countries use different sign languages.

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