Teaching Method Helps Deaf Children Learn to ReadBy Meyer, Karen; WLS-TV,
Publication Date: November 4, 2010
Article describes a new method combining visual phonics with direct instruction to increase reading levels for deaf elementary school students. The direct instruction visual phonics program uses visual cues for learning vowel sounds in the form of symbols conveyed with the hand. For example, the symbol for “ah” is an index finger held next to the teacher’s mouth, indicating the speaker’s mouth is open wide when the sound is heard. The article includes a captioned video presentation of third and fifth grade deaf children in an elementary school in Des Plains, Illinois, learning to read using the method, which reportedly has increased reading levels for these children within a few months.
Published by: ABC News (Website:http://abcnews.go.com)
Link to text: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/disability_issues&id=7765005