TEACHER SERVICES FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
Clermont County ESC provides related services to support the learning of students with hearing impairments. Teachers of the Hearing Impaired have an in-depth knowledge of deaf language acquisition. This knowledge and special training enables the teachers of the hearing impaired to assist the student in appropriately accessing the general curriculum. Classroom-based teachers provide direct instruction. Our Itinerant Teacher provides indirect and consultative services.
What does a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired do?
- Make key professionals aware of the student’s degree of hearing loss and its implication and effect on his/her language, speech, and general academic ability
- Instruct students using oral/auditory communication, total communication, or sign language
- Participate in collaborative consultation with teams of professionals who serve students with hearing impairments
- Share knowledge about hearing aids, FM systems, Assistive Technology (e.g. captioning, video phones, adaptive equipment, etc.) language deficits and recommend classroom accommodations that affect students with hearing impairments
- Provide assistance in curricular or academic areas where a student is struggling using strategies proven to assist students with hearing impairments
- Maximize auditory skills by evaluating the student’s current level of functioning and the accessibility to the environment
- Conduct workshops/in-services for staff on effective strategies for students with hearing impairments
- Administer educational and language assessments when needed
- Serve deaf students with other special needs (e.g., mental retardation, autism, deaf-blind)
- Work with students with cochlear implants and educate school teams
- Continually assess and evaluate student’s progress and, through diagnostic intervention, modify the program when needed