Listening and learning in the classroom can be very challenging for students with hearing loss.
- Children with Hearing Loss – Helpful Adaptations in the School Environment provides an overview of classroom accommodations and expectations that the school team can address to meet these needs. You may want to share this handout on the classroom listening environment with the child’s teacher/school team.
- As another resource you can consider the accommodations tailored to the LIFE-R listening challenges. LIFE-R
- Accommodations during high stakes testing is also needed for many students with hearing loss. See the Assessment & Accommodations article for extensive information.
- Although many schools are now having lectures captioned, some students/schools still prefer to use peer notetakers. The handout The Peer Notetaker provides information to share and discuss with the IEP team and the classroom teachers on the need for notetakers and what to consider when selecting them.
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- Captioning required for any video from TV to be captioned, including video clips from TV per the FCC. Teachers with SmartBoards can turn on the CC/subtitle function on their computer so that captions will be projected. Rather than using poorly captioned YouTube videos teachers should be strongly encouraged to use materials from the Described and Captioned Media Program. There are thousands of titles; many can be streamed or a DVD can be requested. There is even an Accessible Television Portal for more content.