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Help your child and your college-bound student get the best education by reviewing these tips that should be shared with them and with their instructors. The professional staff at Hearing Health can help with adjustments to the classroom. Of course, the first thing your student needs is an up-to-date hearing evaluation. Call today to get that back-to-school task taken care of.
Back in the classroom
There are more than 70,000 children in public school systems receiving services to help with their education, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. These services are very important for your child because they learn to talk and set up sentence structure by listening to others. Children who are hearing impaired sometimes find it difficult to learn vocabulary, grammar, word order and complex sentence structure.
Keep everyone updated
Help your child, when they are old enough and comfortable about speaking, to talk to teachers and fellow students about their hearing loss. A frank, matter-of-fact short talk will make other students approach the hearing loss the same way. It alerts students that it isn’t a disability , just something different that requires some adjustment. Some children need glasses, some have allergies, some have hearing aids. And honestly, the newer hearing aids are pretty cool looking.
Be sure to explain to bus drivers, guidance counselors, the school nurse and lunch aides, as well as bus monitors, that they need to speak clearly to your child and it is best to stand in front of them and talk to them.
Remind your child it is OK to ask questions during class, at the appropriate time, if they don’t understand something or they can approach the teacher after class.
Anyone your child interacts with should be reminded even though your child has hearing aids, they need to speak clearly, not shout or exaggerate their words and be mindful that mustaches and facial hair can make lip-reading more complicated.
Set up an IEP
An Individualized Education Plan is a legally binding program that sets up a common plan between you, your child, the teacher and the school on how your child will be taught including accommodations for hearing loss.
By law, public schools, must set up an IEP. It’s a basic guide on what essentials are needed to for your child succeed. It should be reviewed every year and if your child has a hearing test mid-year and something has changed, or you don’t like the way he or she’s grades are going.
Don’t be shy about politely suggesting things that will make your child’s school day easy. For example, if the teacher seats students alphabetically, no matter where in the alphabet your last name falls, your child should be in front.
It is a good idea to remind them that movies, videos or overhead presentations could cause some difficulty if they are not captioned, or if there are not handouts explaining the high points included as part of the lesson.
Proper tools are important
Some students have an easier time listening in class if they have a personal listening device like an FM system. Teachers and college professors wear the device around their neck to amplify their voices in your students hearing aids. Your student will expend a lot less energy listening and focusing if they are hearing at a level they find comfortable.
Students may struggle with note-taking because extra sound processing time is needed. You can ask for a note-taker. Some schools and universities just hire someone to take notes and others pick a student that is a good note-taker and have them duplicate their notes.
After school activities
After an exhausting day of sound processing, sports or musical after school activities will help them keep being a kid. A short chat with a coach, music teacher or director of the after-school activity about hearing loss and your child may be in order.
By law, public universities – and any facility that is financed by public funds – needs to make allowances for the hearing impaired
Before school starts, find out what student services are available for the hearing impaired and where the student services office is located. Communicate via e-mail with instructors about your hearing loss, Talk to the residence hall director about emergency exits as well as a personal alert device.
Find a hearing care provider
If your university life takes you far from Hearing Health, visit us before you go! Contact us at Hearing Health to schedule an appointment to check your hearing aids and to get an up to date hearing evaluation.