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Strategies to Support the Development of Literacy

This information is part of an online guide, Resources for Mainstream Programs

Each student brings a unique grasp of spoken English, ASL, or both to the reading process. It is important to understand a child's language and communication strengths and weaknesses and how they apply to the reading process. In this way, appropriate strategies can be integrated throughout the child's educational program to promote the development of literacy. Teachers responsible for teaching reading and writing need to know whether the strategies used with all other students in the class can be effective for the deaf or hard of hearing students. No matter which overall literacy development curriculum is used within your school, the following strategies can support the literacy development of deaf and hard of hearing students.