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ERIC Number: EJ1143219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
The Early Years: Parents and Young Deaf Children Reading Together
Lutz, Lori
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v18 p4-10 2017
Research is just beginning to describe the role of reading in the lives of families with deaf children. While the time that deaf children spend reading or being read to represents only a small part of their lives at home, research highlights its importance for young children--hearing as well as deaf. Children whose parents read to them at home develop reading and literacy skills before they enter school. When children are read to during their first five years, they develop several areas of understanding: they learn that print has meaning; they develop a knowledge of letters, including phonological awareness; and they glean knowledge of words and vocabulary. Reading to children may appear to be a challenge to parents whose children are deaf. This article discusses the importance of hearing parents reading to children who are deaf. Topics of Early intervention, learning strategies, and support for learning sign language are presented. A handout titled "Families and Deaf Children: 8 Strategies for Reading" is included.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
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