Most profoundly, deaf children read poorly. However, a small minority learn to read fluently. Understanding how profoundly deaf children learn, or fail to learn, to read is important for at least two reasons. First, the more we understand the process by which deaf children read, the more we can do to improve the process in the deaf population. Second, understanding reading in deaf children has the potential to inform us about reading in all populations.
Written by: Susan Goldin-Meadow and Rachel I. Mayberry.