Hamilton 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. Itinerant teachers provide direct 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 or total communication
- Participate in collaborative consultation with teams of professionals who serve students with hearing impairments
- Share knowledge about hearing aids, Hearing Assistive Technology (e.g. classroom systems for personal use, captioning, video phones, adaptive equipment, etc.) language deficits
- Recommend classroom accommodations that affect students with hearing impairment
- Provide assistance in curricular or academic areas where a student is struggling using strategies proven to assist students with hearing impairment
- Maximize auditory skills by evaluating the student’s current level of functioning and the accessibility to the environmen
- 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., intellectual disability, autism, deaf-blindness)
- 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
Susan Brown, M.S., CCC-SLP, 513.674.4204