The importance of the home literacy environment for developing literacy skills in young children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Jean L. DesJardin, Sophie E. Ambrose

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Abstract

Four-year-old Olivia, who is deaf and has used a cochlear implant for 3 years, and her mother, Laura, enjoy looking at storybooks together at home. During storybook reading, Laura notices that Olivia tries to imitate some words that she reads to her yet does not seem to understand many words or story events. Laura is unsure whether to stop the storybook interaction and encourage Olivia's attempts at word imitation and directly teach her the new vocabulary or continue reading the story for pleasure. Olivia's preschool teacher, Ms. Lynn, also notices that Olivia displays a keen interest in storybook reading but is not able to answer or ask simple questions about the story. What can Laura and Ms. Lynn do collaboratively to support Olivia's emerging language and literacy skills to better prepare Olivia for her upcoming transition into kindergarten?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-44
Number of pages17
JournalYoung Exceptional Children
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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