Krystal Werfel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Director, Written Language Lab
Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Krystal L. Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP is an associate professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and director of the Written Language Lab at the University of South Carolina. Her research, funded by NIH, focuses on language and literacy acquisition in children with hearing loss who use amplification and spoken language.
Literacy in Children with Hearing Loss: Understanding Acquisition to Improve Intervention
The ELLA Study is a longitudinal investigation of language and literacy acquisition in children with hearing loss. The total sample includes 100 children with hearing loss and 60 children with typical hearing. Findings to date have shown that children with hearing loss exhibit delays across many early language and literacy skills relative to their peers with typical hearing. Additionally, children’s engagement with books and entry in early intervention by 6 months of age are associated with higher language and emergent literacy outcomes.
- About literacy outcomes for children with hearing loss.
- To describe areas of strength and areas of need in emergent literacy skills for children with hearing loss.
- Literacy intervention modifications and considerations for children with hearing loss.