Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 53, Issue 8, pp 922–928 | Cite as

Understanding Etiology of Hearing Loss as a Contributor to Language Dysfluency and its Impact on Assessment and Treatment of People who are Deaf in Mental Health Settings

  • Charlene J. CrumpEmail author
  • Stephen H. Hamerdinger
Original Paper


Working with individuals who are deaf in mental health settings can be complex work, necessitating consideration for the difference in language abilities. These differences include not only the language differences of American Sign Language (ASL) and English, but also the range of heterogeneity within the Deaf Community. Multiple influences such as mental illness, medical conditions, language deprivation and the etiology of deafness can impact how a person acquires and uses language. This article will discuss how various causes of deafness create the potential for specific language dysfluencies with individuals who are deaf in mental health settings. The article will also discuss the use of communication assessments to examine specific language dysfluency patterns and attempt to offer possible corresponding interventions.


Deaf Mental health Dysfluency Etiology Language deprivation Communication assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alabama Department of Mental HealthMontgomeryUSA

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