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Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

Strategy 1: Expand awareness of books, print and writing

What to Do

  • Emphasize literacy behaviors as you engage in them
  • Identify and highlight literacy activities as the child participates 
  • Continue to provide opportunities for child to scribble, stamp, finger paint, use stickers or alternative pencils
  • Introduce concepts related to books (books have stories, authors, provide information)
  • Introduce print/braille vocabulary to match objects in child's calendar box or schedule
  • Read signs and/or communications cards before/during/after community-based instruction 
  • Provide opportunities for child to recognize/use print and writing during daily activities (e.g. finding cubby, signing in/out of class or a learning center, match pictures to braille/print labels)
  • Have children locate books/story boxes by matching to a request card (picture, print and/or Braille)

Things to Consider:

  • Are you presenting the materials in a consistent manner each time you give them to the child? 
  • Are you allowing enough time for the child to really explore?
  • Are you signing as well as speaking?
  • Have you provided alternate writing materials for children with physical challenges?
  • Is there a way for children to access materials on their own (if not mobile)?


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