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VL2 10/24 Scott/Simms Planning for bimodal and bilingual success

Susanne Scott and Laurene Simms

Merrill B111

October 24, 2013
3:55 PM - 5:30 PM

Planning for bimodal and bilingual success in young deaf and hard of hearing children

This presentation will provide an overview of an ASL/English bimodal bilingual approach (spoken English and signed ASL) as well as a rationale for using this approach to foster bilingual language development in early childhood programs for deaf and hard of hearing children (including those with and without cochlear implants). Discussions as to how to implement the school wide planning necessary to support the development and use of both spoken and signed languages will occur. The educational framework and necessary components will describe how an early childhood educational program can facilitate the acquisition and learning of ASL and English (spoken and written) with successful implementation. Such implementation is dependent upon program and school-wide language planning that includes understanding the roles that families bring. Emphasis on the intensive language planning process required to establish an environment that demonstrates value for both languages is reviewed. The overarching goal of the presentation is to focus on meeting the individualized needs of the deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.

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