visual aids whenever possible. This will provide additional access
to information for all types of learners and benefit the deaf or hard
of hearing child as well as the entire class.
Consider using an overhead
rather than the chalkboard during lessons. This will allow you to
face the class rather than have your back to them. Most teachers come
to prefer this way of teaching regardless if they have a child with
hearing loss in the classroom or not.
Create a buddy system to
provide the student with any information that they may miss such as
loudspeaker or classroom announcements.
Present new vocabulary
to the student prior to the lesson. This will enable the child to
recognize the word and maximize comprehension during the lesson.
Make connections with the
other professionals with whom the student works and consult with them
as necessary. Working together as a team will greatly benefit the
Provide note takers as
Be aware that modifications
may be needed in certain testing situations.
Be aware that the deaf
or hard of hearing student is expending extra energy to attend and
may fatigue easily. Allow for an occasional break.
Educate the class about
hearing loss. Invite a professional in if possible to answer questions
the students may have. Allow the children to see and learn about the
assistive technology that will be used in the classroom.
positive. If your attitude is positive, it will carry over
to the class.