Literacy Research

What are best practices as we understand them today in the world of newborn hearing screening, identification, diagnostics and early intervention?

Explore the latest research findings to discover information on important topics for the family journey on raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. The research articles and summaries were put together by the Language and Literacy Advisory Board using a consistent format answering the following guiding questions:

  1. The article reference
  2. Keyword
  3. What was studied, how was it studied, and results?
  4. How is this information useful to you and your child?
  5. Who was studied?
  6. What still remains to be answered?
  7. Where can I get more information about this?

Informed parents are in a stronger position to make good decisions for their child.  The links below provide information you may want to consider prior to reviewing research or summaries of research.

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Research Summaries

  1. Reading books with young deaf children: Strategies for mediating between American Sign Language and English
    KEYWORDS: American Sign Language, Books, Reading
  2. The impact of a dialogic reading program on deaf and hard-of-hearing kindergarten and early primary school-aged students in Hong Kong
    KEYWORDS: Language, Vocabulary, Storybook Reading
  3. Tricks, lies and mistakes: identifying Theory of Mind concepts within storybooks shared with deaf children
    KEYWORDS: Theory of Mind, Shared Book Reading, Cognitive Development, Social Emotional Development
  4. A longitudinal investigation of the home literacy environment and shared book reading in young children with hearing loss
    KEYWORDS: Literacy, Shared Reading, Language