Children who are D/HH can begin learning language, communication, and literacy at the same time. The more children read books with family and friends at home and in school, the stronger their literacy foundation will become. Please note that it is vital for children to be read to in the language and mode used by the child.
An SLP, TOD, or a literacy specialist will be able to provide direct reading support. There are resources on the Outreach Center’s website that may help you support your child’s literacy at home. Some of these resources include:
- 15 Principles for Reading With Your Deaf Child
- The Shared Reading Project is a federally funded program that provides families with DVDs of ASL books. They also have professionals on staff who can provide training about reading to your child.
- Peter’s Picture, developed for children who are D/HH ages 3-6 to help them learn ASL and written English through ASL.
- VL2 Story Book App for Bilingual Readers Who are Deaf.