So many teachers, so little time! Have you ever thought – gee, I wish I just had a handout I could leave for the librarian (bus driver, office staff, etc) about the challenges of my student with hearing loss? Clarke’s Have you Heard? Welcoming a Student with Hearing Loss to Your School Community has handouts, ready for you to copy and discuss or leave for school staff. Sharing information with school staff is just the start!
To maximize peer acceptance and increase student self-concept the classroom peers of the child with hearing loss require awareness-raising activities, especially during ages 4-8 years. Two good materials to present to class peers have been included in the Inservice Combo: the Friends, Like You book can be read aloud to the class and/or the 5 Ways to Say Good Day can be viewed by the class and then strategies for good communication use in the classroom discussed.
Finally, a group of 10 downloadable handouts to share with the classroom teacher, parents and IEP team have been included for your use. Great resources! Karen L. Anderson, PhD, Director
Newly revised for Fall 2015! A resource for parents and schools. Helps introduce hearing loss to staff beyond the classroom teacher. Each handout is 1-2 pages and includes a representative photo. There are many people who can make a significant difference in a student’s comfort level at school. Use this series of handouts to introduce school staff to hearing loss and help them welcome a student with hearing loss to the school community.
- School Principal
- School Counselors
- Art Teacher
- Music Teacher
- Physical Education Teacher/ Coach
- Foreign Language Teacher
- Laboratory Science Teacher
- Substitute Teacher
- Student Teacher
- Computer Teacher
- Technology Specialist
- Bus Drivers
- Cafeteria Staff
- Office Staff
- School Nurse
- Maintenance Staff
- After-School Staff
Friends, Like You
Perfect for reading to a class of kindergarten – grade 4 students to sensitize them to the challenges of their peers with hearing loss.Molly and Max are two regular kids who happen to have a hearing loss. Listening can be hard work and misunderstandings happen sometimes, but they don’t let their hearing loss stop them from making friends and having fun! An ideal teaching tool for raising awareness about hearing loss and promoting friendships in mainstream settings. By Melissa Griswold, M.E.D., children Illustrated by Cynthia Fisher. Published in 2007
Testimonials for Friends, Like You By a Parent – What a nice book. The tone is so appropriate, the information is clear and to the point, and the illustrations are very good. My just-7-year-old picked it up and read it through last night, and she enjoyed it so much that she even chose to use it for her reading lesson this morning (we home school). You could see that Ella got totally engaged with the characters of Molly and Max, in a way that was separate from the issue of their hearing loss–but she also was interested in the fact of their hearing loss and the different devices, because of her best friend, Dario, who is 8 uses hearing aids. I was very interested to see that even though we have been close with Dario since he was born, I hadn’t actually thought of a couple of the suggestions the book gave for ensuring that he understands. It gave my daughters insight into what it’s like for Dario in a way that they had never considered. I suggested giving the book to Dario so he could give it to his teacher and they could use it in their classroom, but they insisted that we keep it, and Dario’s teacher can order one for himself. By a Teacher – A hearing specialist gave my student, Julie, a copy of Friends, Like You to take home and read with her brother. It was suggested that maybe I would read it to the class if she didn’t want to. At first Julie wanted me to read it and I started to, but then she took over and the result was almost magical. Her fellow students listened to her quite intently. When she was done they asked her respectful questions. She answered them without hesitation or embarrassment. The dialogue that ensued was very powerful. I could tell that Julie felt confident and that her peers had a deeper insight into their classmate. “Friends, Like You” provided an opportunity for communication about Julie that I could never have achieved just by chatting with my students. 4th grade teacher
5 Ways to Say Good Day: A Hard of Hearing Story – DVD for classroom awareness inservicing
FINALLY! A fun way to educate the classmates of your Hard of Hearing students that will entertain both children and adults alike. This engaging and funny 13 minute video was developed from a live puppet show written and performed for classrooms in Vermont by regional consultant Jim Bombicino. It comes with a teacher discussion guide, and is designed to teach young children (pre-K to 4th) five different strategies to use when speaking with people who are hard of hearing. View a two-minute sample atYouTube.
It is a puppet show, hosted by main character Jack, an 8 year old who wears hearing aids. Scene 1 begins at bedtime, and the story continues the next morning with his routine preparing for school. There are 5 additional scenes where he encounters his mother, father, and sister along the way. As Jack engages in dialogue with each family member, there are moments where the characters have trouble communicating and ask the audience for help. The video can be paused at these points to allow the teacher or facilitator to lead discussion with their students as to what the problem is (“What is happening here?!”) and how to solve the communication problem (“Oh, you mean I should face the person?”). The five strategies are then recounted by the characters at the end of the show for review.I am a 1st grade teacher with a hard of hearing child in my class. I had met with a consultant and learned how to use an FM System, but still worried if I was doing all that I could to meet her needs and to help her classmates understand the daily struggles she might encounter. I was very pleased when we were given the chance to watch 5 Ways so Say Good Day as a class. It was a great reminder for me and very eye opening to my young students. We were all completely drawn in by the characters, dialogue and events. Students felt empathy and were calling out the issues as they occurred. We had great discussions as the video was paused at various points for a discussion. My student loved being the center of attention in such a positive way. This is a video I’d like to revisit a few times throughout the year, as a wonderful reminder of how we can all be as thoughtful as possible. Thanks for such a great teaching tool! Laura Haskins 1st Grade Teacher, Brattleboro VT
Downloadable Handouts to Share with Classroom Teachers, Parents, IEP Teams
Note: In downloading the files that come with this product you are agreeing to abide by the terms of a limited use license, meaning it is only for use by you with your caseload. It is not legal to share downloaded files for others to use.
- “Puzzle Piece Handout” has the original story of Fran superimposed on a puzzle piece graphic that vividly shows the impact of decreased speech perception on comprehension and resulting pace of learning. Graphics of the story at 100%, 90%, 85%, 80%, 75% and 70% word understanding.
- Missing Bits and Pieces of Words – story simulating the difficulty comprehending with missing information
- Listening Comprehension Exercise – Mother’s Aprons – 5 minute simulation activities
- Barriers to Listening: Challenges to Understanding in the Classroom – Especially with a Hearing Loss (visual analogies handout)
- Audio Demonstrating Hearing Loss & FM Benefits (handout with live links – email this handout and teachers can click and listen)
- Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening and Learning Needs handouts for 9 hearing loss degrees/configurations
- Attitude is Caught, Not Taught – Actions Speak Louder than Words (handout for classroom teachers)
- The Insidious Effects of Classroom Acoustics on Student Performance (includes an effective analogy as an introduction and a summary of the issues)
- Support for Showing Adverse Educational Effect Due to Hearing Loss (summary of laws/guidance)
- Emailable Tips for Teachers (by Monica Cegelka)