Eligibility – Even with Good Grades

Tailored Assessment for Students with Hearing Loss: Identifying Needs to Support Eligibility for Specialized Instruction A recent US court case1 made it clear that students with hearing loss must receive an eligibility assessment that identifies areas of suspected...

Pre-teaching Vocabulary and Vocabulary Instruction

Many students who are hard of hearing or deaf enter school with limited vocabularies and language experience, whether their communication modality is spoken or signed. Given these constraints, vocabulary instruction is an essential and ongoing component of our work...

The Necessity of Classroom Observation

Classroom observation is a critical part of assessment and performance monitoring. It provides the opportunity to collect data on how the student with hearing loss is functioning in the classroom in comparison to typical peers. Specifically, we need to observe...

Bullying / Teasing Happens!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Gallaudet researchers found that 812 deaf and hard of hearing students in eleven U.S. schools reported instances of bullying at rates 2-3 times higher than reported by hearing students.  It is obvious that bullying is a...

Determining Listening Challenges

Speech perception and listening accuracy cannot be assumed by looking at the audiogram – it must be assessed. Teacher’s voices, room acoustics, and classroom management vary so identifying listening challenges – and specific accommodations – needs to be done for...

Too Many Students to Serve?

The majority of itinerant teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing have caseloads of 10-25 students in 10 different buildings, with 85% of students being served 1:1 or in small groups, and about 30% of caseloads being students who are ‘deaf-plus’. Fewer new educators of...

Learning Progress Equal to Peers?

Students with hearing loss have less access to communication. This will result in a slower pace of learning and fewer gains in academic knowledge unless appropriate services and supports are provided. At the end of the school year it is important to ask whether your...

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