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Using Innovative Digital Storybook Apps to Promote ASL Skills

In the past 12 years, National Science Foundation’s Center-Visual Language Visual Learners (VL2) at Gallaudet University has made some key findings that help us better understand how deaf children develop ASL and learn to read.

Join us as Dr. Herzig:

  • describes the role of visual processes, visual language, and social experiences in the development of higher cognition, learning, and literacy;

  • provides an overview of the Storybook Apps that she and others at her center developed;


  • discuss resources provided to plan lessons to support cognitive and language development of children at home and in the classroom.



Melissa Herzig

Melissa Herzig

Dr. Herzig is the Director of Translation in the Science of Learning Lab (TL2) for Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) center and Associate Director for Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience program at Gallaudet University. She is responsible for creating educational contents, leading assessments and evaluations of resources within VL2 and for working with schools. Her role is to facilitate two-way communication between researchers and educators. Her areas of interest are in ASL/English bilingualism, literacy development, and motivation for reading. She is a part of the team that created bilingual Storybook Apps.