How to Incorporate LSL Strategies with Dr. Seuss’ Books
By Hearing First Team March 7, 2017
Oh the places you’ll go when it’s LSL strategies you know! We’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America this month by highlighting the importance of reading with your baby. From the womb to the crib to the classroom, reading aloud is one of the foundational tools for success for a child with hearing loss. Here are five Dr. Seuss books with specific tips and activities for incorporating LSL strategies into your reading time and routines.
March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, but we’re keeping our love of literacy going strong all month long. You may have heard children who are deaf or hard of hearing need early access to sound through listening and spoken language, but did you know that all babies can begin growing their reading skills from Day One? Literacy isn’t something that should start when your child is school age. By making reading a daily part of your life, you can start your baby on the road to literacy now!
Dr. Seuss himself was a huge advocate of not only reading to children but reading to babies in the womb. In fact, researchers used his book Cat in the Hat to highlight the importance of reading during pregnancy for early literacy development. In a 1980’s study, researchers found that babies who were read to during pregnancy were more active during reading times and more settled after. They also found the children’s responses to reading aloud moments continued even after birth as babies were able to recognize stories that were read during pregnancy as ones they’d heard before. If Dr. Seuss recognized the importance of reading to babies early on, imagine how important it is for your child who is deaf or hard of hearing have early access to sound!
You don’t have to be a reading teacher to teach your child literacy skills. Reading aloud is simple, fun and one of the most important activities that you can do with your baby or young child to get them ready for reading and learning. Remember, reading aloud for just 15 minutes a day can make a big difference in helping your child to be reading at grade level by third grade.
Ready to get started? We’ve put together a list of specific Dr. Seuss books for you to read with your child to master phonics, build and expand imagination, develop humor and broaden their vocabulary.