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Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

Strategy 1: Modeling reading and writing behaviors

What to do

  • Let child know that you are going to be reading or writing by telling, signing, using an object cue or picture
  • Bring child to where you are when you are reading and writing
  • Describe what you're doing as you read and write (e.g. Mommy is paying bills, Daddy's reading the paper, teacher is taking attendance, Joey is working on the computer)
  • Let child see/feel/hear/touch as you read and write (e.g. book, magazine, pen, checkbook, attendance sheet, computer)
  • Let child know the activity is finished
  • Let child explore reading and writing materials that others are using
  • Use a similar format to expose children to reading and writing throughout the day and in a variety of places within the home, school and community

Things to consider

  • Has the team agreed on a communication method(s) that allows the child to understand what you are telling him about what's going to happen?
  • Have you considered using hand-under-hand?
  • Can the child access what you are doing in a way that makes sense to him? For example, will you let him feel or smell items if needed?
  • What kind of back and forth interaction will you have when you're modeling these behaviors?


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