Benefits of CART/Captioning

Studies have shown that captions can be a learning tool for children and adults, improving reading and language skills.

Some benefits include:

  • Captions help children with word identification, meaning, acquisition, and retention.
  • Reading captions is motivating to reading.
  • Captions can help children establish a systematic link between the written word and the spoken word.
  • Pre-readers, by becoming familiar with captions, will have familiar signposts when they begin reading print-based material.
  • Captioning has been related to higher comprehension skills when compared to viewers watching the same media without captions.
  • Children who have a positive experience in reading will want to read; reading captions provides such an experience.
  • Reading is a skill that requires practice, and practice in reading captions is practice with authentic text.
  • Captions provide missing information for individuals who have difficulty processing speech and auditory components of the visual media (whether this difficulty is due to a hearing loss or a cognitive delay).
  • Students often need assistance in learning content-relevant vocabulary (in biology, history, literature, and other subjects), and with captions they see both the terminology (printed word) and the visual image.
  • Captioning is essential for deaf and hard of hearing children, can be very beneficial to those learning English as a second language, can help those with reading and literacy problems, and can help those who are learning to read.

Source: Partnership between Described and Captioned Media Program and NEA’s Read Across America, http://www.dcmp.org/caai/nadh154.pdf