Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education

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This is an analysis of a qualitative study and the visually compelling methodology that aimed to create child-friendly/child-inclusive research conducted with deaf children. The researcher engaged in one-on-one and focus group interviews with young deaf children, ages 6 to 12 years old, in signing, deaf schools around the United States. The methodology employed a combination of videos, pictures, and modeling to portray the abstract concept of “research” and participation in research as a means to informed consent and to engage children in the task of considering personal reflections compared to others’ experiences. This article reviews techniques applied and the resulting effect, explicit and implicit, on data generation. The resulting discussion from this study of method provides implications and a recommendation on the implementation of visual-verbal assent in future research with children, specifically deaf children.