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Professionals for DHH Families: Concepts of Print Transcript

[Title slide appears with the following text: “For Professionals Working with Families with DHH Children: Language and Literacy Strategies Concepts of Print” (State of Minnesota logo) Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing”]

[Leala Holcomb appears and begins to sign.]

>> Leala: The concept of print is when a child makes the connection between a word in their daily life to the printed counterpart with a meaning associated with the word. This leads to recognizing letters, words, or sentences. They are able to understand that the concept of reading means to read from the left side to the right side, and from top to bottom. They also master the skill of using a book, holding it the right way, being able to locate the title, the author’s name, how to turn the page, and so on. If you want the deaf child to become a reader, it is essential to expose the child to the concept of print. How can we expose them to the concept of print? Here are a few examples: 

[Leala is replaced by a video clip. In the video clip, a parent and a child are sitting on the couch with an upside-down picture book open in front of them. The child looks at the book, and reaches out to turn it right side up.]

>> Parent: Right! We had it upside-down! 

>> Child: Yay!

>> Parent: (tapping on child’s arm to get their attention and pointing to the book). The title - books all have titles - what’s the title of this one? 

>> Child: Book uh…

>>> Parent: (pointing to the text on the book page) I T-O-O-K M-Y L-L-A-M-A F-O-R A W-A-L-K. I took my llama for a walk. 

[Video clip ends and Leala reappears on screen and continues to sign.]

>> Leala (continued): Now, I will model how you as a professional can help families practice this strategy. I will take on the role of a professional and interact with the hearing parents. You can watch, and think of how you as a professional, can interact with the families out there. 

[Leala is replaced by a video clip. Leala as a professional, sits at the table with a different parent. They both look at an iPad standing on the table in front of them.]

>> Leala: See how the mother teaches the child about the book? How did she do that? She purposefully had the book upside-down to see if the child would righten it up. The child does. You can do the same. You can teach your child about books by testing them with the upside-down book. See if they correct the action by fixing the book’s position. Let’s practice.

[Parent nods. Leala passes a book to the parent. The parent picks it up and turns it upside down. Video clip pauses to a text slide “Pause video: practice what you would say to families.”]

[Text is replaced by Leala who reappears on screen and continues to sign.]

>> Leala (continued): You can practice with the families by incorporating this strategy in the different activities you do all day along. 

[End credits: 

“Created by 

Debbie Golos, PhD 

Associate Professor & Coordinator of the Deaf Education Teacher Preparation Program 

University of Minnesota

Leala Holcomb, PhD 

Early Childhood Education Specialist

Brynn Roemen, MEd 

Instructor in the Department of Educational Psychology 

University of Minnesota

Damon Timm

Video Production


Leala Holcomb


Haruna Matsumoto


Oceana Matsumoto


Special thanks to Peters Pictures and Hands Land for permission to incorporate their material in this series and to Stanley Matsumoto and Aaron Waheed for additional filming.”]

[End credits:

(State of Minnesota logo)

“This webinar series was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $360,725 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

“Produced by the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing.”]

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