Children who communicate by listening and talking can have strong literacy levels, thanks to extensive reading practice during their early-years learning to talk process.
Stacey Lim, assistant professor of audiology at Central Michigan University, explains some literacy findings when infants and young children access cochlear implants with auditory verbal therapy (AVT, or learning to listen and talk):
A vital link Lim makes between a child receiving AVT, and literacy:
[With auditory-verbal therapy], the child with hearing loss has access to spoken language, thus is able to build the sound-to-letter mapping relationships used in decoding printed words.
The child’s access to spoken language translates into literacy:
For an auditory-verbal child, the ability to access spoken language allows them to access a wide range of vocabulary, which is necessary for understanding text-based information [particularly as the world becomes ever-more digital].
Lim also notes that “reading aloud to children is one of the best ways to build language and literacy skills,” particularly when children can hear their caregiver’s voice clearly with hearing-devices and/or a FM system.
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