Innovative program shows promise in helping deaf, hard-of-hearing children gain literacy skills

Those can be some of the most powerful words in the development of any child’s ability to read and write. For children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and living in bilingual homes, the “come read with me” invitation becomes even more crucial to their literacy development.

That’s why the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication is getting creative in tackling challenges that¬†children with hearing loss¬†face in learning to listen, talk, read and write. Its innovative program – called “Come Read with Me” – is an intensive three-week summer intervention and grant-funded research project designed to help develop early literacy skills in oral deaf and hard-of-hearing children from bilingual (Spanish-English) homes.