We can provide related services to support the learning of students with hearing impairments. Teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing have an in-depth knowledge of deaf language acquisition. This knowledge and special training enables our staff to assist the student in appropriately accessing the general curriculum. Itinerant teachers provide direct and consultative services.
What does a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing do?
- Make key professionals aware of the student’s degree of hearing loss and its implication and effect on his/her language, speech and general academic ability
- Instruct students using oral/auditory communication or total communication
- Participate in collaborative consultation with teams of professionals who serve students with hearing impairments
- Share knowledge about hearing aids, HAT (i.e. classroom systems for personal use, captioning, video phones, adaptive equipment, etc.) and language deficits
- Recommend classroom accommodations that affect students with hearing impairments
- Provide assistance in curricular or academic areas where a student is struggling using strategies proven to assist students with hearing impairments
- Assist in the transition and self-advocacy training for students
- Maximize auditory skills by evaluating the student’s current level of functioning and the accessibility to the environment
- Conduct workshops/in-services for staff on effective strategies for students with hearing impairments
- Administer educational and language assessments when needed
- Serve deaf students with other special needs (i.e., intellectual disability, autism, deaf-blindness)
- Work with students with cochlear implants and educate school teams
- Continually assess and evaluate student’s progress and, through diagnostic intervention, modify the program when needed