How do we know this? Two groups of school children aged 10-11 were assessed by City University London.
One group of children were deaf oral. The other group of children were hearing but had dyslexia. (Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that makes reading and spelling difficult.)
Results showed that half of the deaf oral children had reading difficulties. Their difficulties were as bad as the hearing children’s who had dyslexia.
Why has this happened? The deaf oral children were not getting regular help to support them with reading.
How will deaf oral children’s reading improve? Over two years, The Department for Education are giving £1 million to councils in England to help deaf children.
More info can be found at BBC News.
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