What was this article about?
This article presents a model of how deaf and hard of hearing children’s literacy development can be supported through their strengths – through sign language and various visual modes of learning.
What were the key findings?
- Compared with their hearing peers, deaf and hard of hearing children are behind with their reading skills, yet deaf children of deaf parents usually read well.
- Weaknesses in reading skills among deaf and hard of hearing children calls for rethinking a conventional approach to teaching literacy.
- We can draw on the strengths of deaf and hard of hearing children as visual learners and the strategies of deaf parents in making print come to life.
- Social interaction plays a key role in children developing their skills with sing language and printed English.
Where can I read more about this study?
Rethinking Literacy: Broadening Opportunities for Visual Learners
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