University of Edinburgh

Literacy Workshop 1: Should We Teach Phonics to Deaf Children?

Postponed to Monday 26 March 2007


Over the last seven years, Fiona Jarvis has been developing a visual phonics programme for deaf children.  The first part of this day focussed on Fiona’s concept, the process of its development and results from the pilot programme. Lorna Hay, a practitioner using this scheme, gave her insights as to how it works with her own pupils as well as how she links the scheme to commercially available material. The second part of the day continued with a presentation on how to make reading relevant, visual and enjoyable. Time was also be allocated to establish a much needed working party for Teachers of the Deaf who teach English and Communication. 

Presenters:  Fiona Jarvis, Clinical Lead, Speech and Language
Therapist in Hearing Impaired and Dual Sensory Impairment, Greater Glasgow and Clyde University Hospital Trust
Lorna Hay, Teacher of the Deaf, Hamilton School for the Deaf
Margaret McDougall, Teacher of the Deaf, Perth and Kinross Sensory Support Service and
Mary Dowell, Teacher of the Deaf, St Vincent’s School for the Deaf and Scottish Sensory Centre


10.20 am Introduction Mary Dowell

  • What do we mean by Phonics?
  • Why do we teach Phonics?
  • What are the pre-requisites for learning Phonics

    11.20 am Phonics for deaf children - are we mad? Fiona Jarvis

  • What needs to change?
  • What is different about Visual Phonics?
  • Are Visual Phonics effective?

1.30 pm Practitioner Evaluation of Visual Phonics Lorna Hay

2.15 pm Making Reading Visual and Fun Margaret McDougall