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Create a Spirit of Inclusion for Children Who are  
Deaf or Hard of Hearing   

Our partners at Hands and Voices recently presented a webinar that we recorded and want to share widely with early care and education programs: The Inclusive Experience of One Deaf/Hard of Hearing Child and its Positive Impact on the Whole.

The webinar provided many great ideas for integrating deaf/hard of hearing children into settings with hearing children while also offering insights on creating an inclusive spirit that benefits all children. That extends to supporting parents along with the child. A few of the suggestions offered by webinar presenters are provided below:

  • Understand what the audiogram suggests about the child's hearing profile and, beyond that, observe how it relates to the child's response to sound in different environments. Be aware that a child with a hearing loss often has to try much harder to keep up with hearing peers and be sensitive to the increased level of fatigue that can cause. Also consider making simple changes in a classroom that reduce noise (chairs scraping on the floor, etc.) so that children can more easily hear instruction and conversation.

  • Make sure the deaf/hard of hearing child knows the names of the other children in the group. This will help the child make friends and feel included

  • Whenever possible, pre-teach new vocabulary to a deaf/hard of hearing child so that he/she can readily follow when it is introduced in the larger group setting. This can be especially helpful when words have multiple meanings. Let parents know about new vocabulary and concepts that are being taught so they can reinforce these at home.
  • Be aware that children who are deaf/hard of hearing may miss comments that other children are able to overhear. Be explicit when there is a change in plans or the expected routine. Children are much more likely to be cooperative when they know what to expect.
  • Assist parents in connecting with deaf/hard of hearing adults who can provide perspectives and suggestions about growing up with a hearing loss. Also help parents get to know other parents of deaf/hard of hearing children. The Hands & Voices organization has chapters in many states to help parents make these connections.

  • Ask parents what support or assistance they need in coordinating services for their child.

As children watch teachers accommodate deaf/hard of hearing students, or others with special needs, they are  learning the important lesson that "in diversity there is beauty and there is strength" (Maya Angelou).
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