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Shared Reading Project - How the SRP Works

The Shared Reading Project is designed to teach parents and other caregivers how to read to their deaf children using American Sign Language and how to use strategies to make book sharing most effective.

Culturally diverse Deaf readers were filmed as they used American Sign Language to read fun, predictable children's books. Because children love seeing these books read over and over again, the parents have repeated opportunities to practice. Deaf tutors visit the home to demonstrate how to sign the stories, and provide instant feedback to family members. The family uses the DVDs of deaf readers signing the story to reinforce the new signs after the tutor has left.

  1. Once a week, a deaf tutor visits each home. The visits are scheduled at a time convenient for each family, with most taking place evenings or weekends. The tutor demonstrates how to sign a popular children's storybook.
  2. Family members practice signing the story. The tutor gives needed feedback to family members.
  3. The family members read the story to the deaf child. The tutor watches and gives helpful hints.
  4. The tutor leaves a "family book bag" with the family for a week. The bag contains a copy of the book, a DVD for practice, a bookmark with tips for reading to deaf children, and a guide containing activities to do with the child after reading the story.
  5. During the week, family members read the story to the child again and again. If family members forget some signs, they can look at the DVD, which has a deaf signer reading the story, to reinforce what the tutor previously taught.
  6. Family members make note of the number of times they read the story. They also jot down questions for the next tutoring session. The following week the tutor brings a new book, and the process begins again.

To see a diagram describing the purpose of the SRP, how it works, and the expected outcomes: SRP Model