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Read with Me

mother reading to sonParents read to their deaf and hard of hearing children for the same reasons that parents read with hearing children. Reading together is fun. It is a chance for closeness, communication and sharing ideas. It helps children learn language and make discoveries about the world. It helps children know what stories and writing are all about. There are differences, however. A deaf child cannot look at the book and attend to parents' storytelling at the same time. A hard of hearing child benefits from visual support to go along with listening. This section gives parents suggestions for enjoying reading time with babies and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Reasons for Reading with Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Reading with an Infant: Ideas for Getting Started
Reading with Young Children who Sign
Reading with Young Children Learning Spoken Language
Reading Ideas for all Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing