Deaf children typically struggle to acquire language in the same uninhibited way that most hearing children do. They often miss out on language learning opportunities because of their hearing loss. By the time that they enter school there are holes that have formed in their language foundation that adversely affect their ability to perform successfully at school. Even with advancements in technology this problem is still seen in many deaf children nation-wide. Educators must seek out ways to solve this problem and aid deaf children in reaching their full language potential, despite their hearing impairment. This paper looks at ways in which to improve the language of deaf children through literacy. I went about analyzing an individual child’s written language. I found strengths and areas of growth in her language. I then formed a language target, or something specifically to improve in her language. To follow, I wrote and illustrated a children’s book to model this language and formed a lesson to help reinforce this target language. Through doing this I used children’s literature that was relevant and geared toward the child to help improve her language. This is just one possible way of improving language, but there are other ways out there.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2012


Deborah M. Haydon

Mentor Department Affiliation

Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Special Education

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Special Education