Research Brief 1

The Importance of Fingerspelling for Reading

This brief, written by Sharon Baker, Ed.D., focuses on the importance of fingerspelling for reading. 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 brief by Sharon Baker, Ed.D., discusses the importance of early ASL acquisition in deaf children's cognitive development and literacy skills. 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 brief, written by Elizabeth Hirshorn, Ph.D. Candidate, explains how deafness leads to changes in visual attention. These changes have implications for reading and learning in the classroom. 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 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

Written by Amy Lieberman, PhD, this brief 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

A collaborative effort between VL2 and the Clerc Center, this brief discusses the implications of bimodal-bilingual approaches for children with cochlear implants. 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 many 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

Written by Maribel Gárate, PhD, this research brief outlines models, methodologies, and strategies related to ASL/English bilingual 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 brief, written by So-One Hwang, Ph.D., Melissa Herzig, Ed.D., and Carol Padden, Ph.D., discusses the  role 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 brief by Dr. Linda Lytle and Dr. Gina Oliva reviews the research on social-emotional development, especially with respect to deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The brief includes recommendations on how to support the deaf children's social-emotional development in order to lay the foundation for future academic and social 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.