Children from Homes with Spoken Languages Other Than English

Early attention to intervention issues related to bilingualism and children with cochlear implants focused on the enviable position of pursuing a second language at home to complement the acquisition of English at school (Waltzman, et al (2003), Rhoades, 2006). There is growing concern, however, about children who come from homes in which no or only limited English is spoken. According to U.S Census Data from the year 2000, approximately 3.4 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 are reported to speak languages other than English at home with only limited proficiency in English. One might infer then that this finding in the general population would be reflected in the population of children with hearing loss. Thus, this HOPE Note will explore the auditory and language-learning needs of implant recipients whose home language is not English.