1st Edition

Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health

Edited By Neil S. Glickman, Wyatte C. Hall Copyright 2019
    328 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health explores the impact of the language deprivation that some deaf individuals experience by not being provided fully accessible language exposure during childhood. Leading experts in Deaf mental health care discuss the implications of language deprivation for a person’s development, communication, cognitive abilities, behavior, and mental health. Beginning with a groundbreaking discussion of language deprivation syndrome, the chapters address the challenges of psychotherapy, interpreting, communication and forensic assessment, language and communication development with language-deprived persons, as well as whether cochlear implantation means deaf children should not receive rich sign language exposure. The book concludes with a discussion of the most effective advocacy strategies to prevent language deprivation. These issues, which draw on both cultural and disability perspectives, are central to the emerging clinical specialty of Deaf mental health. 

    Foreword Corinna Hill Introduction. Culture and Disability Neil Glickman and Wyatte Hall 1. Language Deprivation Syndrome Sanjay Gulati 2. Pre-Therapy With Deaf People With Language and Learning Challenges Neil Glickman, Wendy Heines and Melissa Watson 3. Developing Therapy Approaches for Deaf Clients Impacted by Language Deprivation Melissa L. Anderson and Kelly S. Wolf Craig 4. Forensic Evaluation of Deaf Adults With Language Deprivation Robert Q Pollard, Jr. and Meghan L. Fox 5. Communication Skills Assessment for Individuals who are Deaf in Mental Health Settings Roger C. Williams and Charlene J. Crump 6. Using Standardized, Receptive ASL Assessments in Deaf Mental Health Jonathan Henner, Jeanne Reis, Robert Hoffmeister 7. Enhancing Communication Skills in Persons With Severe Language Deprivation: Lessons Learned From the Rise of a Signing Community in Nicaragua Romy V. Spitz and Judy Kegl 8. Interpreting for Deaf People With Dysfluent Language in Forensic Settings: Application of the Integrated Model of Interpreting Joan Wattman 9. Language Development in Children With Cochlear Implants: Possibilities and Challenges Amy Szarkowski 10. Current Laws Related to the Language Development of Deaf Children and Recommended Advocacy Strategies Tawny Holmes


    Neil S. Glickman, PhD, is a former unit director and psychologist with the Deaf Unit at Westborough State Hospital and a former psychologist with Advocates Deaf Services in Framingham, Massachusetts. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has a private psychotherapy practice. He teaches and consults about Deaf mental health and applications of cognitive behavioral therapy for persons with language and learning challenges.

    Wyatte C. Hall, PhD, is an alumnus of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet University. After completing a clinical fellowship at University of Massachusetts Medical School, he became a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Rochester Medical Center. His postdoctoral and future faculty-level research focuses on deaf population disparities and the relationship between childhood language experiences and lifelong health outcomes in particular.

    "This is the go-to blueprint for anyone providing services to language-challenged individuals who are deaf. In this groundbreaking book, Glickman and Hall, together with a stellar list of contributors, bring you face to face with the ubiquitous nature of language deprivation and show you how it affects the lives of Deaf children and adults. The sage advice and guidance they provide can only enhance the quality of your work with this unique population, whatever your specialization."

    Irene W. Leigh, PhD, professor emerita, Department of Psychology, Gallaudet University

    "Language deprivation is a worldwide occurrence with catastrophic consequences for Deaf people. Moreover, it is arguably the most controversial and misunderstood clinical syndrome that could be eradicated with better understanding of its origin and by creating smart public policy. Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health and its contributors raise numerous crucial issues to address this preventable syndrome and offer many innovative strategies to utilize in mental health, educational, and legal settings."

    John Gournaris, PhD, director, Mental Health Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division

    "Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health addresses the serious consequences for Deaf people who were not exposed to or could not acquire language fluency. It includes a wealth of clinical information and research findings along with cultural and social justice perspectives. Furthermore, this discussion is set thoughtfully in the current rendition of the oralist-manualist debate: should children with a cochlear implant use sign language? This is a must read for anyone working with Deaf people."

    Patrick J. Brice, PhD, professor of psychology, Gallaudet University

    "Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health pulls together cutting-edge work in the burgeoning field of language deprivation and presents a groundbreaking reframing of the primary issues Deaf people face: Access to language—not sound—is fundamental to healthy development."

    Naomi K. Caselli, PhD, assistant professor, Programs in Deaf Studies, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, Boston University

    "Drs. Glickman and Hall, nationally recognized pioneers in advancing the mental health care of Deaf people, have assembled a powerful, diverse group of experts to advance our understanding of the birth-to-adulthood nuances and implications of language deprivation syndrome among so many Deaf individuals. This book is essential reading for Deaf leaders, parents of Deaf children, educators, rehabilitation and mental health professional in the service of Deaf people.

    William P. McCrone, EdD, JD, professor emeritus of counseling, Gallaudet University