Children who are deaf or hard of hearing can face significant challenges developing the language and literacy skills needed to succeed in school and to become self-sufficient adults. For many years, PaTTAN has been working in tandem with national experts to conduct research through pilot projects, and to offer trainings on literacy development of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. As a result of these efforts, numerous tools for assessing students and informing instruction based on data driven decisions were created and shared.
Instruction in writing does not happen in isolation from instruction in reading. “…the intimate relationship of reading and writing is such that deaf children’s performance in the “input” (reading) domain generally is paralleled by their performance in the “output” (writing) domain.” Educating Deaf Students: From Research to Practice. Marschark, M., Lang, .H. and Albertini, J.A. 2002.
PaTTAN has collaborated with Dr. Lana Santoro to create a series of Toolkits focused on building the skills of writing for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Each kit includes a webinar, powerpoint and resource packet for implementing intervention strategies.
The Writing Toolkit for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: The Writing Process
The Writing Toolkit for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Micro-level Writing