Cochlear implantation has allowed for significant gains in speech and language development for many deaf learners. Research indicates that children implanted early (before 12 months of age) generally acquire language at a rate and pace comparable to their hearing age peers. Given the demonstrated link between oral language abilities and literacy learning in the hearing population, it is reasonable to expect that cochlear implantation will have a similar, positive impact on reading and writing development for deaf children with cochlear implants. Perspectives on the extent to which literacy gains have been realized in this population are mixed. To empirically address this question, findings of an integrative review of the research literature on the reading and writing achievement outcomes of learners with cochlear implants will be presented and discussed. Implications for practice and directions for future research will also be explored.
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Dr Connie Mayer, Associate Professor, York University-Toronto, and Dr Beverly Trezek, Associate Professor, DePaul University-Chicago will be presenting this special twilight event on 12 April at VDEI, as part of an online literacy project currently in development.
Dr Connie Mayer is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and co-academic coordinator of the teacher preparation program in the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students. Prior to coming to York, Dr Mayer worked for more than 20 years as a consultant, administrator, and teacher of DHH students from preschool through postsecondary. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and the Volta Review, and a member of the editorial board of the American Annals of the Deaf and Reading Research Quarterly. Her current research focuses on written language and literacy development in DHH learners, early literacy and early intervention, cochlear implantation, bilingualism, and models of teacher education. She has presented widely on these topics both nationally and internationally as well as having authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has completed five studies looking at literacy outcomes in learners with cochlear implants in New Zealand, Canada, and England.
Dr Beverly Trezek is an Associate Professor of Special Education and the co-director of the Reading Specialist program at DePaul University. Dr Trezek has more than 12 years of experience working as a cross-categorical special education teacher and a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in the K-12 public school setting. Her research interests focus on reading instruction for beginning and struggling readers with a particular emphasis on investigating the role that phonemic awareness and phonics play in the development of literacy skills for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She serves as a literacy intervention consultant for several schools for the deaf and public school programs throughout the United States and is a member of the editorial board of the American Annals of the Deaf, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, and Remedial and Special Education.
The closest train station to VDEI is the Prahran station, on the Sandringham line.
The closest tram stops are Tram Stop 27 (cnr St Kilda Road and High Street) and Tram stop 28 (cnr Punt Road and High Street).