Sunday, January 17, 2010

Reading to supplement hearing

Julia is on a break from preschool. She went to the first school for a whole year. We moved and she went to a second preschool for a half year. A third preschool was not something I was interested in doing. She gets a two hour hearing impaired play group once a week and has her dance classes.

Other than that it's the school of mommy.

Tim thought it would be great for an added method of communication if she could read. Julia thinks it would be great if she could read. I know how to read.

I purchased a reading program on Amazon. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons requires a bit of reading on the part of the parent before beginning. The lessons are short and by building each day on the skills of the previous lesson, they are pretty easy.

Years of speech therapy are paying dividends in the little tasks of our reading lessons. Julia has been associating letters with sounds during intense speech therapy. She already knows a lot of sounds. She has the ability to listen to herself sounding out a word and easily connect it to the printed word. We're thrilled to have this strength that the past years of hard work have given our daughter.

The lessons have also shown a great weakness in rhyming. She simply isn't getting it. Perhaps the speech therapy has caused her to connect words by their beginning sounds. It's been a rough couple of weeks getting her to listen to the ending sounds.

I have no way of knowing whether our troubles are in any way related to hearing loss. I am glad that we've started early building reading skills. I look forward to supplementing her hearing with printed words. Someday she'll be able to watch her favorite movies with closed captioning if she chooses. She'll read the lyrics of a song and see the names of roads on the GPS. She'll know that even though it sounds like "Ghost Mustard", it truly is "Ghost Busters" they're singing.

Reading will give her an extra tool to use in decoding the world.


  1. That's wonderful that you're teaching Julia to read so early. I think some of her issues may be readiness-to-read issues vs. hearing issues. Katya, who turned five in August, just started learning how to read when she started kindergarten. She went to preschool and pre-K, and while she knew all of her letters and most of their sounds, she just mastered phonics, how to determine the different sounds within words, and rhyming words this fall. However, her hearing loss isn't as great as Julia's, but she learned all of this while she was unaided in the fall. So if Julia doesn't completely grasp rhyming right now, she probably will once she starts kindergarten.

    Reading and writing are essential tools for everybody, but especially for kids with hearing loss. We're definitely pushing it with Katya, and we've had good success so far. In August she could only write her name and a few other words. Now she writes complete sentences with punctuation and is starting to read chapter books. So keep working, and Julia will be a great reader by the time she's in kindergarten.



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