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16:00 10 May 2017

Professor Mairead MacSweeney: 'How do you read a language you can’t hear? Insights into literacy from children who are deaf'


Leolin Price Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor | Institute of Child Health (link Map)
30 Guilford S | London | WC1N 1EH | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Academic | Student

Speaker: Professor Mairead MacSweeney Research Fellow, UCL

We have previously found that deaf adults but not deaf children outperform their hearing peers on tests of speechreading (Kyle et al., 2013; Mohammed et al., 2006). This pattern of results suggests that increased experience of understanding silent speech leads to improvements in speechreading ability, and therefore raises the possibility that speechreading ability can be trained. In this talk I will present the background data to support this model. I will also present results from a randomised controlled trial in which we tested the influence of computerised speechreading training on reading development in young deaf children.


Paola Petritoli