Many health professionals tell parents to keep deaf children away from sign language. The authors use research to show that this advice harms deaf children. They argue that health professionals have an ethical responsibility to learn how deaf children learn language. Deaf children, including children with cochlear implants, need to learn sign language. Taking away sign language creates the risk that deaf children might never be fully fluent in any language. The authors say health professionals should advise parents to use sign language with deaf children.
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