General Tips

Use 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 student.

Provide note takers as needed.

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.

Be positive. If your attitude is positive, it will carry over to the class.



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