Hearing services include direct services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hearing staff members also provide consultation and collaboration with our district partners in the hearing domain.
Educational audiologists assist students and school staff to determine a child’s access to verbal instruction. When it is determined that a student has difficulty with access to verbal instruction due to hearing loss, the educational audiologist will help the child’s team determine what hearing assistive technology may be needed to help the child’s access. Audiologists also work with students to make certain they have the ability to use the technology correctly as well as to assist the student in learning self-advocacy skills.
Teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing are trained professionals who work with children and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. They assess the child’s needs, work with the child to communicate (whether it be sign language or verbal), support academic and functional goals, provide support to school personnel, monitor the child’s progress and consult with the child’s family and teachers on the best strategies for working with him/her. Teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing work with young children in the home and often continue to work with the child throughout their school career.
For more information or questions, contact the Heartland AEA regional office that serves your school district.