Turning closed captioning on while a child watches video content helps children with hearing or auditory-rooted difficulties, but I also frequently recommend closed captioning for students with dyslexia and other reading-based differences. Sound counterintuitive? It has two goals: One is simply to expose children to text in multiple facets of their life since we don’t want children to encourage any thinking where reading = not fun, and videos = fun. Second, it pairs auditory content with written content, which supports reading fluency (as evidenced by several research studies, summarized succinctly here). In addition, Reading Rockets has a fantastic article about how it also supports engagement, ELL’s, and comprehension!
Below are quick tips for how to turn closed captioning on through various media:
Now go watch some televised content :º)