Date of Award


Degree Name

Special Education


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

First Advisor

Lori Howard


The purpose of this study was to pursue the best ways to use visual representation as an introduction to vocabulary to a deaf or hard of hearing student. These techniques were effective for the student to be able to maintain comprehension. The teacher used either use sign language to demonstrate the sign for the vocabulary word or finger spell the vocabulary word, identified the written word, and said the word aloud in the study. The instrument used for the pretest and posttest were ten Dolch sight words: three, yellow, down, jump, help, run, funny, big, little and play. Documentation from the initial pretest was collected. Showing the sight words on flash cards for four days and provided a picture along with sign language used for 4 days and documented the outcomes. The results showed significant gains in Dolch sight word acquisition in favor of the flash card combined with picture and sign language.


CISP 615 Special Education Research


Deaf students -- Studying and teaching.

Vocabulary -- Study and teaching.