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Child Mental Health Forum - Sanjay Gulati, M.D.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Sanjay Gulati

Language Deprivation Syndrome in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Adolescents: An Under-Appreciated Clinical Entity and its Mental Health Implications

Sanjay Gulati, M.D.
Child psychiatrist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, Boston Children's Hospital, and
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Deaf and hard of hearing children frequently acquire no fully fluent first language, a problem which can be exacerbated by medical interventions such as cochlear implantation. The choice of language provided a deaf child is a complex sociological phenomenon. Cognitive science and brain research provides powerful new data concerning the alterations in brain development when children do not have fluent language due to inadequate exposure. The speaker's concept of "Language Deprivation Syndrome" is based on ongoing research concerning the wide constellation of deficits which appear to result. Observation of language-deprived people highlights the centrality of language as something much more than a code for communication; instead language is essential to our senses of time, our ability to think abstractly, the development of Theory of Mind, and the creation of the narrative, social self.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

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