Picture Books for Some Children with Profound Hearing Loss

American Sign Language Caption Sign for book" uses "flat" hands
American Sign Language Caption Sign for book” uses “flat” hands

Children who use American Sign Language as their first language may need books that meet some of the criteria for children with perceptual or cognitive disabilities and/or print disabilities. They may not be able to read at their age level.

Stories and illustrations should be appropriate to their developmental level.

There should be unity and harmony of story and illustrations.

Illustrations should provide redundancy and reinforcement.

Print should be in a font with easily distinguished shapes, 18 point or larger, and in bold print.

There should be adequate white space between letters and lines and strong contrast with the background.

Lines of print should be parallel to the bottom of the page.

Captioned videos may be useful.