Title: 'Literacy Strategies Using Picture Books Featuring Children with Hearing Technology'
Track: 3 - Language Acquisition and Development
Keyword(s): Children’s picture books; literacy strategies
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will describe the current gap in children’s literature concerning children who wear hearing technology.
  2. Participants will discuss implementation of effective classroom strategies using literacy components.
  3. Participants will assess new picture books for young children with hearing loss, with the characters also wearing hearing technology.


Young children can develop expressive and receptive language skills, phonological awareness skills, and gain positive attitudes about reading, future learning, literacy structures, and emergent literacy skills through exposure to and exploration of picture books. Literacy skills are developed before formal schooling begins and provide an avenue for concept development and educational growth. However, few picture books portray characters with hearing technology (e.g., hearing aids, cochlear implants). Books in which children with disabilities are represented frequently focus on the disability itself rather than the child being engaged in typical, everyday activities. This presentation will describe the listening and learning experiences of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) as represented in children’s books currently on the market as well as unique books developed by the primary author. The picture books presented will focus on various literary elements (rhyming, alliteration, and consonance) and literary skills (vocabulary, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness). Recommendations regarding the implementation of using these books, and other available children’s literature, to promote listening and academic growth will be presented. Qualitative questions from teacher and parent perceptions will describe the elements that they believe are effective in teaching targeted literacy components, the characteristics that are lacking in current picture books (specifically, how DHH characters are represented), and how parents and teachers feel picture books with characters who use hearing aids or cochlear implants would influence children who are DHH. Strategies for implementing literacy strategies in the classroom will also be discussed.
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Lichelle Slater - Primary Presenter
Utah State University
     Credentials: BS Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, BS English: Creative Writing
      Lichelle Slater is a graduate student at Utah State University in the Listening and Spoken Language Deaf Education Graduate Training Program. Lichelle will earn a Master of Education degree, Special Education Teaching License, and DHH Endorsement spring 2014 and will be highly qualified to provide LSL services to young children who are DHH and their families.

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Lauri Nelson - Co-Presenter
Utah State University
     Credentials: PhD
      Lauri Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education in the Listening and Spoken Language Deaf Education program at Utah State University. She has a dual background in both clinical audiology and LSL deaf education and currently directs the LSL deaf education graduate training program at Utah State University.

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