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Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

Strategy 2: Engage children in reading activities with peers

What to Do

  • Provide opportunities for the child to read for fun with a friend
  • Provide opportunities for the child to participate in paired reading
  • Involve the child and his or her peer(s) in dramatic play (e.g. act out a story, put on a puppet show, develop your own version of reader’s theater
  • Provide opportunities for the child to read to younger children (provide adaptations/assistive technology as needed)

Things to Consider

  • Is the peer someone the child already knows and interacts with? If not, have you thought about how to build a trusting relationship?
  • Does the peer understand the child’s vision and hearing needs?
  • Does the peer know the best way(s) to interact with the child?
  • Have you thought about how you might use assistive technology to increase participation and interaction between the child and peer?

Always Ask Yourself