As I’ve mentioned before, the information given to parents of deaf children is incredibly confusing and often contradictory, especially around the topic of modality of language. Bilingualism is not favored by many audiologists and ENT surgeons as there seems to be an understanding that a) speech must be the most desired outcome and b)sign language may hinder the development of English. I have heard this many times. And right in the beginning, before connecting with people that knew better, this left me very concerned and rather confused. This clip, posted by Hands and Voices in the USA, addresses many of these issues. It’s quite long, but really worth watching if you are in any way involved with deaf children. It also highlights reasons why the early detection of hearing loss, and consequent intervention, are of utmost importance.