• Literacy

    Fostering a Love of Books!

    Literacy is defined as the ability to read and write. Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children struggle with incidental learning, which is what occurs from overhearing the world around us. Incidental learning is a big component of language development, which supports literacy.


    A key goal of CHOICES for Parents is to support parents in the early stages of literacy development with their deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind child and foster a love of books. With this in mind, we developed the READ Kits program targeting children ages 0-3. The READ Kits program was made possible by funding from the Oberkotter Foundation.

    The READ Kits include books, toys, an activity sheet, and DVDs with suggested reading strategies. The reading strategy videos are also available below for you to view.


    Fostering a Love of Books: Reading to Your Child Who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deafblind


    Strategy 1: Creating a Reading Environment

    Strategy 2: Positioning Your Child

    Strategy 3: Engaging Your Child

    Strategy 4: Making it Language Rich

    Strategy 5: Checking for Understanding

    Strategy 6: Expanding Language

    Strategy 7: Turn Taking

    Strategy 8: Developing Vocabulary


    Audio coming soon....

    An In-Depth Look at Strategies 1-4

    An In-Depth Look at Strategies 5-8

    Using the Strategies with the Animals READ Kit

    Using the Strategies with the Food READ Kit

    Ready to check out a READ Kit to use at home?

    Fill out the form below and we will mail a READ Kit to you in about a week.

    Check out time is 3 weeks.

    Everything you need to return the READ Kits in the mail will be included, all at no cost to you!

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