ERIC Number: ED353391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Initiatives for Families of Deaf Parents with Hearing Children.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh.
A project documented and addressed the literacy needs of families of deaf parents with young hearing children (DP/HC). The project combined family literacy training and materials development with exploration of research questions relating to interaction patterns and verbal development. Six half-day literacy training sessions were held for 11 DP/HC families in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, who were recruited through contacts with various associations, schools for the deaf, and local hospitals. The sessions focused on the topics of behavior management, language and speech development, public school law, emergency pointers, and nutrition. They also included panel discussions with deaf parents of older hearing children and with hearing children of deaf parents. Results of the project included the following: the participating DP/HC families received information and improved their literacy skills; a set of seven instructional brochures were produced for nationwide distribution; a family literacy library with materials specifically for deaf parents of hearing children was created; and the English language development of hearing children of deaf parents was documented, showing normal language development in most cases. (Contains 31 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Communication Skills, Deafness, Family Literacy, Instructional Materials, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Literacy Education, Material Development, Parent Education, Parent Role, Parent Workshops, Parenting Skills, Sign Language, Skill Development, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh.