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Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

Strategy 5: Teach concepts using child's preferred communication method(s)

What to do

  • Incorporate concept development into literacy learning activities
  • Identify concepts to be targeted in each activity
  • Identify the text the child already has to compose connected language/text
  • Find the link between the child's current concepts and the new concept(s) to be taught
  • Develop and implement literacy materials/activities meaningful to the child within routines where appropriate

Things to consider

  • Are you intentionally teaching the concepts listed?
  • Are you teaching activities designed to integrate conceptual learning into all aspects of the day?
  • Are you presenting materials in a consistent manner each time you give them to the child?
  • Are the concepts in the literacy activity known by the child? How do you know?

Always Ask Yourself

Important Concepts to Target

How the world works

  • Routines
  • Cause and effect
  • Purpose and use of objects
  • Where things come from
  • The natural world and its cycles and laws

How the physical environment is arranged and how to navigate it (Orientation and mobility)

  • Presence and absence
  • Space and distance
  • Positional concepts
  • Routes and landmarks
  • Barriers, danger, safety

How things are sequenced

  • Beginning and end
  • Order of activities
  • Time concepts

Self Concept (the mental perception one has of oneself)

  • I exist and have feelings
  • I can do things
  • I affect people and objects around me

Social Concepts

  • Greetings and introductions
  • How to play
  • Expectations in social situations