Role of sign language in intellectual and social development of deaf children: Review of foreign publications



The article provides an overview of foreign psychological publications concerning the sign language as a means of communication in deaf people. The article addresses the question of sing language's impact on cognitive development, efficiency and positive way of interacting with parents as well as academic achievement increase in deaf children.

General Information

Keywords: sign language, means of communication, communicative competence, intellectual development of deaf children, deaf children, child — parent interaction, family of a deaf child

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article

For citation: Khokhlova A.Y. Role of sign language in intellectual and social development of deaf children: Review of foreign publications [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2013. Vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 59–68. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alina Y. Khokhlova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Psychologist, the Resource Center Supporting Deafblind and their Family Members “Yaseneva Polyana”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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