Sometimes administrators or classroom teachers ask
- “What does the teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing do that is different from other special ed teachers?” or
- “Why do we really need to involve the teacher of the deaf? The LD teacher or SLP could handle this child’s needs.”
It can be helpful to have a summary handout of all of the ways in which a child with hearing loss is different from those with other learning issues, the areas most likely to be impacted by hearing loss and the ADA and IDEA requirements for these students. Why Involve the Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing on the Assessment Team and the IEP?
Sometimes teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing are asked about their role in comparison to other educators. The following are resources that address role distinctions:
- Educational Audiologists compared to Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Speech Language Pathologists compared to Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Roles and Responsibilities of Itinerant Specialist Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
- Children with Hearing Loss Need an Educational Audiologist on their Educational Team
- From the Raising and Educating Deaf Children blog: Separating the Roles of Teachers of the Deaf and Educational AudiologistsPDF
- Children with Hearing Loss Need and Educational Audiologist on their Educational Team
Student Needs CANNOT be Met by Just One Service Delivery Model
Requirement for Continuum of Alternative Placements:
Sec. 300.115 Continuum of alternative placements.
(a) Each public agency must ensure that a continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of children with disabilities for special education and related services.
(b) The continuum required in paragraph (a) of this section must–
(1) Include the alternative placements listed in the definition of special education under Sec. 300.38 (instruction in regular classes, special classes, special schools, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals and institutions); and
(2) Make provision for supplementary services (such as resource room or itinerant instruction) to be provided in conjunction with regular class placement.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(5) )
Models of Service Delivery
One-size-fits-all is not a legal way to approach determination of individualized student needs.
1. Determine the student’s needs: academics AND functional performance. It is NOT necessary for a student to have an academic achievement gap as a sole criteria for adverse educational effect.
Special considerations requires the team to look at how and how well a student is able to communicate with others in the classroom setting, including the impact of the hearing loss on perception of classroom communication at a distance and in background noise.
Refer to Support for Showing Adverse Educational Affect Due to Hearing Loss for more information.
2. Does the hearing loss cause an adverse effect to education (performance in the classroom; achievement)?
Does he/she have the listening, communication repair, self-advocacy skills and self-concept needed to be able to compensate for the access issues caused by the hearing loss?
If not, then challenges to functional performance in the classroom is likely. Hearing loss results in reduced incidental language learning often resulting in language gaps, including pragmatic language and social interaction issues.
3. What services (teaching skills) and supports (ensuring access) are needed for the student to receive equal benefit of education in the general education setting?
Refer to Considerations for Service Provision Models to further contemplate the continuum of services.
Refer to Hearing Itinerant Services Rubric for factors to consider when determining the level and frequency of services.