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reading and dyslexia in deaf children

about the project


Many deaf children have reading difficulties but there are no reading tests designed specially for deaf children. Our research will produce scores for deaf children in Year 6 on a number of deaf-friendly reading tests. This will hopefully be the first step in developing a standardized reading test for deaf children which teachers may use in the future to check on the reading progress of deaf children in their class.

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As part of the same project, we are investigating dyslexia in deaf children which is currently difficult for teachers to spot. This means that deaf children with dyslexia are not identified and cannot benefit from the specialist help that other dyslexic children receive.

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Children and families who take part in the project will be contributing to a bank of data which we hope will help deaf children in the future receive the help they need at school. Participants will also be provided with a summary of the project’s overall findings at the end of the study.

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The project is being run by Ros Herman, Penny Roy, Fiona Kyle and Zoë Shergold with funding from the Nuffield Foundation.

Project Update:

You can read about the progress so far by clicking on this link: project update 29.09.11

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