The Effects of Symbolic Play on Language Development in Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Objectives: Provide an introduction of the important role that play has on the development of language.
Age of Intended Audience: 18 and up
Abstract: This product was designed to inform professionals and families about the effects of symbolic play . Through understanding, caregivers and professionals alike can provide an appropriate model for both language and play by knowing the natural order of development.
The relationship between symbolic play and language development is similar:
13 mos. = play is related to receptive language, not so much expressive.
20 mos. = the amount of expressive language is equal to play.
2 ½ yrs. = language skills lead the development of play.Between hearing children and those with a hearing loss…
Less likely to identify a specific role. development is similar:
More likely to use real objects.
Show little evidence of planning.
More repetitive in their play behavior.Hearing Impaired Childrenand Their Play Behaviors