Literacy for Parents

This webinar will unpack what is literacy and explore ways that we can support children’s literacy learning by teaching and/or coaching their parents.


  • Sunday, 17 December, 2017 - Sunday, 14 February, 2021
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE19LFP-W

Course Information

Historically, children who were deaf or hard of hearing have had limited access to spoken language or speech sound perception  therefore their subsequent reading ability was affected. Now early identification, hearing technology and early intervention opens the door to age-appropriate listening, talking, reading, writing and thinking skills that define literacy achievement. However, children with a hearing impairment are still at risk of falling behind their typically developing peers. Being read to is one of the keys to reading success. PLUS it’s relational, familial, fun, interesting, the best way of building vocab.

This webinar will unpack what is literacy and explore ways that we can support children’s literacy learning by teaching and/or coaching their parents:

  • How to choose and adapt books for ages and stages
  • How to create an environment for literacy

After this presentation you will have an understanding of

  • the process of emergent literacy
  • that some parents will need explicit instruction on how to read aloud the their children at different ages and stages
  • how to help parents choose age appropriate books and adapt them for different ages and stages
  • how to encourage parents to bring story time alive for children
  • the importance of literacy for children with a hearing impairment

Once you have completed the webinar please contact Carla Silveira for your certificate -

This course has been approved by AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language to offer LSLS™ 0.75 CEUs.



  • Moira Hickman
    Moira has over 20 years experience as an early childhood teacher. Initially working in mainstream child care centres and preschools, her interest in working with children with disabilities led her to employment with Connect Child and Family Services. Here she worked as an Inclusion Support Professional, supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream early childhood centres. She also led a pilot project setting up a Transition to School Program in the Blue Mountains and Penrith areas. As a Teacher of the Deaf for the past 10 years, Moira has worked in RIDBC preschools and the Early Learning Program for children with a sensory impairment. In both of these settings she was able to explore her particular interest in emerging literacy.





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