Pragmatic development and deaf children/young people

This project ran from 2005-2007. In 2019 an international consortium of scholars, practitioners and user representative organisations came together for a symposium on pragmatic development and deaf children at the Radcliffe Institute, USA.

Out of this workshop emerged a series of research papers and an international call to action on pragmatic development and deaf children that comprise a special edition of the journal Pediatrics. All papers in this series are free to access/download. The two below are those where members of SORD were authors.



  • Szarkowski,A., Young, A., Matthews, D., Meinzen-Derr, J. (2020). Pragmatics development in deaf and hard of hearing children: a call to action. Pediatrics. 146 (Supplement 3) S310-S315. DOI:
  • Young, A., Szarkowski, A., Ferguson-Coleman, E., Freeman, D., Lindow-Davies, C., Davies, R., Hopkins, K., Noon, I., Rogers, K., Russell, J., Seaver, L., Vesey, K. (2020). The Lived Experience and Legacy of Pragmatics for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Pediatrics, Nov 2020, 146 (Supplement 3) S304-S309. DOI: