Can you see Phonics? Phonics for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

by Giesige, Lisa Jane

Abstract (Summary)
Phonics is a complicated subject to teach. However, it is even harder to teach phonics to students who are deaf and hard of hearing. This is an area that has not been greatly studied and, in the state of Ohio, there is nothing in place to help the teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing teach the required phonics skills to these students. This study looked at a new program that was particularly created to help teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing teach the phonics skills that the National Reading Panel recommends be taught to students to increase their reading abilities. See the Sound Visual Phonics is a program that gives the 45 sounds in the English language a hand signal and a visual sign. This study sought to answer the questions, Does using See the Sound Visual Phonics result in improved phonics performance of students who are deaf/hh? What differences exist in students performance when reading words in isolation versus reading words in context? The researcher began by selecting three students who are deaf and hard of hearing who are in different grade levels (1st-3rd grade), who all had different degrees of hearing loss, and who needed additional help increasing their reading abilities. There were a total of 10 sessions with the students. The first and last sessions were comprised of a pretest and a posttest using the Burns and Roe Informal Reading Inventory. There were eight tutoring sessions for each of the students. During these eight sessions, there were a total of five different sounds taught to the students. The students were taught a new sound and then during the following session, a review activity was conducted to check the students ability to use the sound both in isolation and in a reading passage.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:students who are deaf hh phonics see the sound visual


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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