Developing reading and writing skills in 3–4 year old deaf children

Free guide to download

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 before they start school. We have produced a guide called ‘Helping your deaf child to develop language, read and write (3-4 year olds)’ to give you ideas of how to build up language and early reading and writing skills through everyday play and activities.
The guide gives tips about:

  • Developing a child’s language and vocabulary, and the challenges deaf children face when learning language.
  • Choosing books to read with your child, and making reading fun.
  • Developing your child's writing skills, for example through drawing and pretend writing.
  • Activities and games for developing language, reading and writing.
  • Other resources and organisations to look at that may be helpful in developing your child’s literacy skills.
To read the full guide, follow the link below. If you’re not already an NDCS member, you’ll need to sign up for free to access it. Our members also have free access to a range of information resources, support services, and events.

Download: Helping your deaf child to develop language, read and write (3-4 year olds)

“As a parent of a three year old deaf child, this will be an invaluable learning resource. I’d recommend it highly to parents of deaf or hearing children.” – Ashling Boyle, NDCS member.

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