Hearing Loss is Invisible
Rather like trying to describe a new color of the rainbow that is not visible to most people, it is challenging to describe the affects and potential impact of hearing loss.
Experience is the most effective teacher. Think of how children learn to avoid items that are hot. Adults again and again describe that something hot can hurt the child but the real learning occurs when the child reaches out and finds out what ‘hot’ really means.
Earplugs to simulate listening challenges.
Listening Comprehension Exercise – Mother’s Aprons Activity to demonstrate classroom listening challenges as teacher(s) plug ears with fingers.
Teachers are busy! Inservicing the classroom teacher often occurs in the fall during a time when the newness of the school year can be almost overwhelming. Scheduling a half-hour or greater block of time is often unrealistic. Leaving a packet of information all too often goes unread in the flurry of other demands on the teacher’s time. The most effective inservice may be material that fits into only 10 minutes! Regular follow-up with tidbits can be very effective too!
Parents may be overwhelmed. Audiograms mean little when a parent is struggling to reconcile that their young child has special learning considerations. What information can be used to ‘break through’ and provide a meaningful way for families to understand how a hearing loss impacts their child and all future communication dynamics in their home life. Along with the audio simulations of hearing loss, the following materials may be of benefit:
Inservicing Class Peers – INSERVICE COMBO
Infants and Toddlers
Early Listening Function (ELF) checklist for parents of infants/toddlers
Children’s Home Inventory of Listening Difficulties (CHILD) checklist for parents of children age 3-12 years
Starting School LIFE (Listening Inventory For Education) for transition to school or a new school ages 3-12 years