Developing deaf children's reading and writing skills in primary school

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There are many simple things you can do to develop language and literacy (reading and writing) skills in children with a hearing loss or glue ear during primary school. NDCS has produced guides called ‘Helping your deaf child to develop language, read and write’, with versions for 5-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds. They will give you ideas of how to build up language and reading and writing skills through everyday play and activities.

Reading and writing skills for deaf children (ages 5–7)

The guide gives tips about:

  • Challenges deaf children face when learning language and reading and how to overcome them at home.
  • How to help deaf children learn to read, with information about the sound of language, letters and sounds, high frequency and tricky words.
  • Reading books with your child.
  • Helping your child with writing – including the challenges deaf children might face when learning to write and how to overcome them.
  • Encouraging writing skills by helping with spelling, prefixes and suffixes, sentence structure and grammar, and content.
  • Activities and games to develop reading and writing skills.

“I found this book easy to follow and I liked the fun activities, including the lotto game. ” – Nicky Hancock, Scotland

Download: Helping your deaf child to read and write (5–7 year olds)

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Reading and writing skills for deaf children (ages 8–11)

The guide gives tips about:

  • The challenges deaf children face when learning language and how to overcome them at home.
  • Choosing reading materials.
  • Encouraging children to read at home and making it an enjoyable experience.
  • Finding factual information for your child to read, such as leaflets and brochures.
  • Challenges deaf children face with writing and how to help.
  • How to help with different types of writing, such as stories and letters.
  • Developing interesting language.
  • Technical skills for writing, such as verb tenses, paragraphs and handwriting.
  • Activities and games to develop reading and writing skills.

Download: Helping your deaf child to read and write (8–11 year olds)

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