See the Sound Visual Phonics: A Tool for Educational Interpreters

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Session Dates

Tuesday December 15, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday December 16, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


See the Sound/Visual Phonics is a multi-sensory strategy to assist in teaching reading, language, and writing skills. For educational interpreters in the K-12 setting, representing phonics-based instruction is very challenging. For example, the teacher may ask the students to identify rhyming words, name beginning or ending sounds of words or identify short and long vowel sound in words. If the interpreter uses fingerspelling in these situations, the answer my be revealed. or is inadequate to convey the concept. Visual Phonics makes these phonemes or “speech sounds” visible and therefore accessible for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is a system which associates each sound in our language with a hand prompt and graphic symbol. See the Sound/Visual Phonics links speech sounds to our other senses in a natural progression. The mouth movements for each phoneme are then mirrored in a hand gesture. The gesture in turn is reflected in a written symbol. The entire educational team, teacher of the deaf, mainstream teacher, speech-language pathologist, educational interpreter and parents should all work together to ensure consistency in delivery of language and communication. Visual Phonics is a tool that will enable effective interpretations of lessons that previously seemed impossible to effectively convey.


  • Identify and produce the visual phonic hand prompts and written symbols
  • Discuss strategies for incorporating Visual Phonics into interpretations for students who are learning to read
  • Practice incorporating Visual Phonics into interpretations for student literacy instruction and activities
  • Apply Visual Phonics prompts during classroom simulations to enhance interpretation of academic content

Target Audience

Educational Sign Language Interpreters currently working in Pennsylvania Kindergarten through High School settings.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Educational Interpreters

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this training. Contact: Kristi Simpson, at 800-441-3215 × 7241, or " Simpson email)"

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Sue Ann Houser

Event Contact:


Karen Nikolic
800 360-7282


Sue Ann Houser