The Volta Review Journal

The Volta Review provides readers with information about the development of listening and spoken language by individuals with hearing loss. It is electronically published two times annually, in the spring and fall.

This journal is a professional and academic branch of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This organization, which works to support communication skills in those with hearing loss, established The Volta Review around the turn of the 20th century.  All articles submitted to The Volta Review are reviewed by the journal’s editorial board before publishing.  The current editor of The Volta Review is Dr. Kathryn L. Schmitz, Senior Associate Dean at the Rochester Institute of Technology – National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Each issue contains a series of articles that discuss aspects of a selected theme:

Volume 119, Issue 1 focused on the effects of family dynamic on spoken language development.

Volume 119, Issue 2 focused on the social development of youth who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as information about family impact on spoken language development.

Volume 118, Issue 1/2 included both qualitative and quantitative studies related to the listening and spoken language development of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Volume 117, Issue 1/2 contained several studies about children who are deaf or hard of hearings’ listening and spoken language development.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has somewhat slowed the journal’s publication rate, The Volta Review published its most recent issue last October. The single volume of 2020 provided both an overview of school placement decisions for deaf and hard of hearing children as well as several articles focusing on treatments for hearing disorders.

This is a great resource for all who are interested in current research into the development of language in those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Emerging treatments and interventions are evolving all the time, and The Volta Review is an authoritative place to begin research on the topic. The digital version of the journal can be found in the A-Z Journal List of the Bellevue University Library, with coverage available from 1996-present.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 24 No. 3, Summer 2021

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