last updated Thu 13 Mar 08
Learning to read and write
Will my deaf child learn to read and write?
A: In a word YES! However it will take practise and patience. Deaf children follow the same developmental steps as hearing children usually, but not always, at a slower pace. Well developed language skills will hasten the process.
Q: How can I prepare my deaf child for reading and writing at school?
A: Read your child lots of stories. As well as reading fiction books please include non-fiction books, as these will provide your child with knowledge about the way the world works. Traditional tales such as Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc are important as well as they are often referred to in the junior school years. Stories from your own culture are important to read or tell as well.
• Talk/sign to her/him about everything that is going on around her/him.
• Teach some/all the letters of the alphabet. Start with the letters of your child's name first.
• Teach your child to write his/her own name prior to school entry.
• If you have teletext put this on for children's programmes that have this facility available.
• Encourage "writing" on birthday cards/faxes etc.
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