I read a story recently that grabbed my attention. Actually, it did a lot more than grab my attention. It sort of rocked my world and led to some changes in our household.
It was about a family that was affected by hearing loss. The parents were both deaf, but their only daughter was hearing. She was entering first grade. And her teachers were like, Great. This kid is not going to be able to read or speak. With two deaf parents, she is going to be so behind.
Seriously. That was their attitude. All they cared about was how much trouble this child was going to be for them to deal with.
This little girl started school and to everyone’s surprise, she spoke beautifully and was reading two grade levels ahead. The principal called a meeting with the girl’s parents to ask them how in the world they accomplished this. And they had one simple answer. Closed captioning.
From the time their daughter was two years old, whenever she watched television, it was with closed captioning. She learned to speak clearly and read quickly because of closed captioning.
Because unlike adults, kids cannot block out of their vision the words on the screen. They always see them. And they see them as they listen to the words being said. Which helps their reading.
Obviously, closed captioning should not take the place of actual reading at home. Or speaking for that matter. But it is an awesome reading aid.
And now at our house, we watch TV with closed captioning.