Visual Engagement: Implications for Children who are Deaf/HH

March 03, 2011

The department of Communication Sciences & Disorders will be hosting the 9th lecture of the Speech and Hearing Foundation of Massachusetts on Tuesday, March 15 from 6:00–8:00 pm in the Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount. This year, event speaker Jenny L. Singleton will speak on "Visual Engagement: Implication for Children who are Deaf/HH." 

Dr. Jenny Singleton is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She currently serves as an Initiative Leader in the NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University.  Dr. Singleton received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from University of Illinois in 1989 and has been involved in American Sign Language acquisition and educational research for over 25 years.  In the summer of 2011, Dr. Singleton will move to Atlanta, Georgia where she will begin her new position as Professor of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology.


Many researchers have identified eye gaze following and the development of joint attention as key factors in forming a solid social-cognitive foundation for successful language development.  In the case of young children who are exposed to a visual language, the visual engagement demands are arguably more complex, but not necessarily harder to acquire if they are exposed to culturally and linguistically embedded strategies that promote the development of these foundational skills.  In this presentation we explore the milestones of typical development, markers for atypical development, and propose caregiver and educator strategies for promoting a deaf child’s development of visual engagement skills.

Admission will be free and ASL interpretation will be provided. Seating will be limited so please RSVP to
For more information, please contact Alisa Morgan 617-824-3501.