Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Laurence Hilton

Second Advisor

Dr. James Wood

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph Dunn


A child's language development is inextricably linked to his capabilities in other areas. A multitude of factors influence the child's ability to develop and use language. Auditory skills are the most obvious and the most important skills necessary for language comprehension. Auditory acuity, or rather, the lack of it, is probably the single most important determiner of whether a child will spontaneously develop language. Children who are deaf never hear spoken language, and have difficulty comprehending the subtleties of it, (Myklebust, 1964; Schmitt, 1969).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Special Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Susan Folkerts May, 1977