Children with severe-profound hearing loss face challenges regarding the development of language and literacy. Cochlear implants and hearing aids lead to improved outcomes provided that early and ongoing intervention strategies focus on specific language, pre-literacy, and early reading skills. This continuing education program describes the language and literacy skills required for success in learning to read, how the theory of mind relates to language and literacy, the challenges children with hearing loss have in establishing solid language foundations, and the critical language and pre-literacy skills young cochlear implant users need for success. Strategies are highlighted for working with children and their families.
The goal of this continuing education program is to address the specific literacy needs of children who use cochlear implants and to provide strategies for speech-language pathologists to use to increase literacy success. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify specific challenges children with significant hearing loss often experience when developing literacy
- Identify predictors of positive literacy outcomes for young children who use cochlear implants
- Name successful strategies for facilitating pre-literacy skills with young children who are deaf and use cochlear implants
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Julie A. Hanks, EdD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the audiology and speech-language sciences program at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Hanks has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
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