Research Brief 1

The Importance of Fingerspelling for Reading

This VL2 research brief, written by Sharon Baker, Ed.D., focuses on the importance of fingerspelling for reading. This also comes with three appendices for instructional guidance. (July 2010, Rev.) If you want to cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2010, July). The Importance of Fingerspelling for Reading. (Research Brief No. 1). Washington, DC: Sharon Baker

Research Brief 2

Advantages of Early Visual Language

This VL2 research brief, written by Sharon Baker, Ed.D., discusses the importance of early ASL acquisition shows in deaf children's cognitive development and literacy skills. (January 2011) If you want to cite this publication: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2011, January). Advantages of Early Visual Language (Research Brief No. 2). Washington, DC: Sharon Baker.

Research Brief 3

Visual Attention and Deafness

This VL2 research brief, written by Elizabeth Hirshorn, Ph.D. Candidate, explains that deafness leads to changes in visual attention, especially the periphery, as evident in the brain. Changes in visual attention can have implications for reading and classroom environment. (May 2011) If you want to cite this publication: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2011, May). Advantages of Early Visual Language (Research Brief No. 3). Washington, DC: Elizabeth Hirshorn.

Research Brief 4

Reading and Deaf Children

This research brief, written by VL2's Early Education Longitudinal Study (EELS) co-PI and Gallaudet University Professor Donna Morere, provides an overview of the research related to deaf children and reading. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2011, June). Reading Research and Deaf Children (Research Brief No. 4). Washington, D.C.: Donna Morere.


Research Brief 5

Eye Gaze and Joint Attention

This research brief, written by Amy Lieberman, PhD, provides an overview of the importance of eye gaze and joint attention in language acquisition. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2012, June). Eye Gaze and Joint Attention (Research Brief No. 5). Washington, DC: Amy M. Lieberman.

Research Brief 6

Children with Cochlear Implants

Full title of Research Brief No. 6 is as follows: The Implications of Bimodal Bilingual Approaches for Children with Cochlear Implants. This brief is done in a collaboration with Clerc Center, at Gallaudet University. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2012, June). The Implications of Bimodal Bilingual Approaches for Children with Cochlear Implants (Research Brief No. 6). Washington, DC: Julie Mitchiner, Debra Berlin Nussbaum, and Susanne Scott.

Research Brief 7

The Benefits of Bilingualism

This research brief, written by Sarah Fish, PhD Candidate and Jill Morford, PhD, explains the various benefits of bilingualism. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2012, June). The Benefits of Bilingualism (Research Brief No. 7). Washington, DC: Sarah Fish and Jill P. Morford.

Research Brief 8

ASL/English Bilingual Education

This research brief, written by Maribel Gárate, PhD, outlines models, methodologies, and strategies of ASL/English Bilingual Education. This brief is done in collaboration with Gallaudet University's Department of Education. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2012, June). ASL/English Bilingual Education (Research Brief No. 8). Washington, DC: Maribel Gárate.


Research Brief 9

Family Involvement in ASL Acquisition

This research brief, written by Charlotte Enns, PhD and Liana Price, M.Ed. Candidate, discusses how parental involvement is a critical factor in deaf children's language acquisition. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2013, June). Family Involvement in ASL Acquisition. (Research Brief No. 9). Washington, DC: Charlotte Enns and Liana Price.

Research Brief 10

The Importance of Gesture in Child Development

This research brief, written by So-One Hwang, Ph.D., Melissa Herzig, Ed.D., and Carol Padden, Ph.D., discusses the critical role that gesture plays in language acquisition. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2013, June). Different Ways of Thinking: The Importance of Gesture in Child Development. (Research Brief No. 10). Washington, DC: So-One Hwang, Melissa Herzig, and Carol Padden.

Research Brief 11

Raising the Whole Child: Social-Emotional Development in Deaf Children

This VL2 research brief, by Drs. Linda Lytle and Gina Oliva, reviews the research on social-emotional development in children from birth to 12th grade, particularly focusing on deaf and hard of hearing children. The brief includes recommendations for parents and educators on how to support the deaf child's social and emotional development in order to lay the foundations for future social, academic, and life success. To cite this brief: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2016, April). Raising the Whole Child: Addressing Social-Emotional Development in Deaf Children. (Research Brief No. 11). Washington, DC: Linda Risser Lytle & Gina A. Oliva.