Strategies for Teaching Writing to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Thanks to the QIAT Listserv community for these recommendations, particularly Joan Breslin Larson in MN. The inquiry came from Gail Bowser who wrote:

“For an elementary-age student with a significant hearing impairment, what are some strategies for teaching writing? The student’s verbal expressive language skills are impacted by the hearing loss. Are there strategies to help him learn word-order, spelling and grammar and basic composition that might be tailored to his specific needs? Are there ways that technology can help with this?”

Larson responds with three online resources to know about:

Strategic Instruction Model (SIMS)
“Our teachers of Deaf/Hard of Hearing have been learning about Strategic Instruction Model (SIMS) which has also been called Kansas Learning Strategies. While this was developed for kids with LD issues, it has also benefited our students with hearing loss and language access needs here in MN”

Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI)
“University of TN is doing some IES-funded research on writing strategies for students who are DHH”

Visual Phonics
“Another tool that is helpful for supporting the development of reading and writing skills in students who are DHH is Visual Phonics. This one would probably be most effective in supporting spelling, vs. grammar, word order, etc.”

And a fourth recommendation comes from Heidi Givens in Kentucky via Twitter (a former educator of deaf and hard of hearing students):

Bedrock Literacy and Educational Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
“The goal is simple: To provide Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with a foundation of English literacy skills through activities and strategies that build success at every step,” says the website.

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