Helping Students with a Hearing Impairment access a general education is a cooperative effort between school, parents, and student. The following lists give suggestions for helping a student with a Hearing Impairment access a general education.

School accommodations and responsibilities:

  • Arrange the classroom so a student with a hearing impairment can see facial expressions, read lips, and assess body language of the teacher and other students
  • Provide preferential seating
  • Arrange smaller groups for certain activities in the classroom
  • Require students to raise their hand to speak, speak one at a time, and stand when speaking
  • Repeat questions and comments from other students and allow the use of index cards for communication
  • Shorten assignments (once a student has mastered a concept, move on)
  • Provide written or captioned school announcements
  • Provide sign language or oral interpreting services
  • Get the student’s attention and address him or her directly when speaking
  • Provide the student with lecture notes
  • Write assignments on the board or flip chart, or provide written assignments
  • Provide a scribe or student volunteer to take notes
  • Provide an assistive listening system such as a FM system
  • Use computers to communicate via e-mail or instant messaging
  • Use captioned DVDs, videotapes, or films

Parent involvement:

  • Develop a good working relationship with school personnel; provide ongoing communication during the school year
  • For students with mild or moderate hearing loss, insure they have hearing aids and use them at school and at home
  • Insure that the student’s hearing aids are functioning properly
  • Work closely with teacher(s) on daily school work and homework assignments
  • As much as possible, provide a variety of normal out of school activities for your student (i.e. travel, friends, sports, movies, museum visits, etc.)
  • Work with school personnel to insure best room location for student learning to take place
  • Do regular hearing screenings for your student, report these results to school personnel

Student self-management strategies and responsibilities:

  • Communicate with teachers when hearing and communication problems occur
  • Work closely with parents and school personnel to solve hearing and communication problems
  • Follow the agreements made on the accommodation plan

*** These are not complete lists of suggestions or accommodations, but they are proven ideas used by parents, teachers, and students to help the student access a general education.