Interactive Storybook Reading Instruction for Preschoolers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Multiple Probe Across Behaviors Analysis Purpose Interactive storybook reading (ISR) improves the picture labeling vocabulary of children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). Vocabulary knowledge consistently predicts the later reading achievement of children who are DHH. In this study, ISR was modified to include teaching word meanings along with the vocabulary picture label. ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 24, 2018
Interactive Storybook Reading Instruction for Preschoolers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Multiple Probe Across Behaviors Analysis
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica W. Trussell
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Janna Hasko
    Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Joy Kane
    Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind, Meridian
  • Brittany Amari
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Alison Brusehaber
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Jessica W. Trussell: jwtnmp@rit.edu
  • Editor-in-Chief: Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer
    Editor-in-Chief: Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer×
  • Editor: Patricia Brooks
    Editor: Patricia Brooks×
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Development / Hearing Disorders / School-Based Settings / Research Articles
Research Article   |   October 24, 2018
Interactive Storybook Reading Instruction for Preschoolers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Multiple Probe Across Behaviors Analysis
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2018, Vol. 49, 922-937. doi:10.1044/2018_LSHSS-17-0085
History: Received August 24, 2017 , Revised December 18, 2017 , Accepted March 20, 2018
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2018, Vol. 49, 922-937. doi:10.1044/2018_LSHSS-17-0085
History: Received August 24, 2017; Revised December 18, 2017; Accepted March 20, 2018

Purpose Interactive storybook reading (ISR) improves the picture labeling vocabulary of children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). Vocabulary knowledge consistently predicts the later reading achievement of children who are DHH. In this study, ISR was modified to include teaching word meanings along with the vocabulary picture label.

Method A multiple probe across behaviors single-case experimental design was implemented to determine the effects of ISR with word meaning instruction on picture labeling and word meaning knowledge of 6 preschoolers who are DHH and use spoken English. The student and teacher participants engaged in ISR for 15–20 min a day, 4 days a week for 3 weeks.

Results A functional relation was established between ISR and the increase in the preschoolers' word labeling and meaning knowledge. The preschoolers' word knowledge was generalized and was maintained over time.

Conclusions ISR may be an effective vocabulary labeling and word meaning instructional strategy for young children who are DHH and use spoken English. Teachers and related service providers who work with this population may want to implement ISR with word meaning in 1-to-1 or small groups to individualize the target vocabulary and maximize the benefit. Future researchers should replicate this to expand its generalizability to other subpopulations of children who are DHH.

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