University of Edinburgh

Strategies to Support the Teaching of Phonics to Children with a Hearing Loss

Presented on 5th May 2015


Teaching phonics to pupils with a hearing loss can be challenging and pupils may require some additional support to enable them to acquire phonic skills. This course explored strategies, used by staff in Aberdeen, which have helped children with a hearing loss to use their knowledge of phonetics to a greater degree. The day included:

  • A presentation on the visual phonics programme devised by Fiona Jarvis.
  • Teacher of the Deaf and Speech and Language Therapist working together to support pupil to acquire phonic skills.
  • Magic Mouth - how this can help.
  • Working example of using visual phonics within Curriculum for Excellence and active literacy.
  • How this programme links with a mainstream phonic programme.

Target Audience

Teachers of the Deaf, Speech & Language Therapists, Parents, Audiologists and all professionals working with children with a hearing loss.


Laura Sutherland, Speech & Language Therapist, Aberdeen; Julie Rae, Teacher of the Deaf, Aberdeen; Fiona Jarvis, Speech & Language Therapist, Glasgow


10.30 am Development of speech sounds - Laura Sutherland

11.30 am Visual Phonics programme - Fiona Jarvis

1.30 pm Using Visual Phonics to support reading and writing - Julie Rae

2.15 pm Using 'Big Mouth' and 'Magic Mouth' - Laura Sutherland

3.00 pm Questions and opportunity to look at resources

3.30 pm Course Evaluation