To Aid Speechreading

Speak facing the student at all times.

Speak normally. Exaggerated lip movements are difficult to understand.

Try to stand still while talking. A moving target is difficult to speechread.

Seat the student close to the front of the instructional area where he can see both the teacher's and students' faces. The further the child is from the person speaking, the more difficult it is to speechread.

Cue the student as to who is speaking during a group conversation. This could be as simple as a gesture towards the speaker or simply saying their name as they are about to speak.

When necessary, rephrase a question to clarify meaning.

Write new vocabulary words on the board or on the overhead projector.

Be sure that you have adequate lighting on your face when speaking. Do not stand in front of a window as the backlight will shadow your face.

Remember not to obstruct the student's view of your face. A paper or book held in the teacher's hand could easily block a child's access to visual cues.

Face the students when writing on the blackboard-Write sideways- it works! This will allow the deaf or hard of hearing child to read your lips as you write







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