Course curriculum

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    Course content

    • PowerPoint slides

    • Early Language Wires the Brain Regardless of its Modality

    • Quiz

    • Evaluation

    • Continuing Education Credits

Course info

Course Description: This presentation will cover the neurobiological foundations of human language and the vital role of early language experience during the process of early language development. I will provide empirical research findings from deaf individuals who had severely delayed access to a sign language and show the outcomes of their language and brain development because of early language deprivation. Specifically, I’ll focus on two lines of ongoing research. One is on the development and sentence processing of ASL word order, and the other is on the brain anatomical features associated with impoverished early language among deaf individuals.



20 minutes: Language and brain development with full access to early language – spoken and sign languages

20 minutes: Delayed first language development of ASL

20 minutes: Neural outcomes of lacking early access to a sign language


Learner Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. State the differences between early and late first language development and the outcomes

  2. Explain the negative impact of lacking early sign language on ASL development

  3. Explain the negative impact of lacking early sign language on brain development


Qi Cheng

Dr. Cheng is an assistant professor in Linguistics at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests lie in language processing and learning, the neural foundations of language, and early neural plasticity.

Speaker disclosures

Financial disclosure: Dr. Cheng is receiving royalties for this course and is employed by the University of Washington.

Nonfinancial disclosure: Dr. Cheng has no relevant nonfinancial relationships.

Continuing Education

This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs.
This course is offered for 0.10 RID CEUs.