15 Principles for Reading Deaf Children
"The single most importantactivity for building theknowledge required for eventualsuccess in reading is readingaloud to children." National Academy of Education Commission on Reading 1985
The 15 Principles for Reading to Deaf Childrenare available online in American Sign Language (ASL), and in ASL accompanied by Spanish text.
The ultimate authorities in reading to deaf children are deaf adults. Comparative studies of deaf children with hearing parents and deaf children with deaf parents show that deaf children with deaf parents are superior in academic achievement, reading and writing, and social development (Ewoldt, Hoffmeister, & Israelite, 1992). Hearing parents and teachers can learn from the read aloud strategies used by deaf parents. The following 15 principles have been identified based on research that examined deaf parents and deaf teachers reading to deaf children.