Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education

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Despite federal mandates of the services and inclusion of students who are deaf and hard of hearing in early childhood there is more discussion and research to be done to support educators and students who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families that they serve in early education. This article is an overview of a collection of eight articles housed within the special issue covering a range of topics related to critical issues in deaf education and early childhood education. These include: literacy and language development; developing and implementing universal design for learning; autonomy, self-advocacy, and self-determination skills; curriculum concepts, theories and philosophies; and assessment of students who are deaf with additional disabilities. The article employs existing research and practices in deaf education, such as newborn hearing screening and language deprivation related to deaf education practices. The authors acknowledge the need for further discussion and research in all areas; however, note this special issue is progress towards filling in gaps in current practices in deaf education within early childhood education.