Logic Chain

Learn How Children with Hearing Loss Develop Literacy through Listening and Spoken Language (LSL).

There is evidence of progress over the last decade in the quest for research to inform the practices for teaching a child who is deaf or hard of hearing to develop literacy through Listening and Spoken Language (LSL). Yet, the dissemination of the research in a logical and organized way for parents and professionals to understand and use has remained a challenge. Until now.

Hearing First commissioned Dr. Carol Flexer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology, University of Akron, to gather, analyze and synthesize the latest supporting research surrounding how children with hearing loss develop literacy through LSL. This paper is the result of her work. Organized as a logic chain, each piece of the chain is critical and builds one upon the other, beginning with brain biology and moving through to the development of literacy in the early school years.

Download this white paper to read the logic and research from the following areas to connect the dots between basic biology and the development of literacy during elementary school:

  • Brain Development
  • General Infant/Child Language Development in the Family’s Home Language
  • Early and Consistent Use of Hearing Technologies
  • Family-Focused LSL Early Intervention
  • Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Early Intervention for Literacy Development

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