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How To Help Hearing Impaired Children In School

Hearing impaired children can learn just as well as other children if they have the right kind of help. If you are a parent of a hearing impaired child, then you know that it's exhausting to fight for your child's rights to a quality education all the time. But it's a fight you know you can't afford to lose, since your child's future depends on it.

Most schools can readily provide assistance if you approach them in the right manner. If they can't accommodate your child right away, they should be able to form a plan to help. These five tips can ensure that your children receive the help they need when they have trouble hearing in school.

1. Video Captioning

It's easier to learn from sounds and videos. Videos are popular learning tools in classrooms all over the world, but your child may not benefit the way all the other children do. One thing you can do is remind the teachers to use closed captioning services so that your child can read what's going on. They may not be able to hear the fun parts of the video, but they'll still learn.

The teacher will need to remember the use the video captioning each time the class watches a video. Make sure you contact the teacher regularly to find out when he or she is planning to show a video to the class. Everyone will be on the same page if you communicate your child's needs to the teacher as soon as possible.

2. Get an Early Start

Children with hearing problems are usually born with them. You can take advantage of programs available from your state's government for children with hearing difficulties. You should be granted free access to a therapist that can help the child. This therapist will come to your home to work with the child.

These programs work with the child until he or she turns three years old. At that point, you should be able to use your contacts with the program to find a preschool or daycare program that is capable of helping your child. Getting an early start will help your child experience what it's like to work with the right educational practices for them.

3. Provide Context for Teachers

A lot of teachers don't have experience working with children who have difficulties hearing. But, by the time your child is ready for school, you'll know exactly how to communicate with them in the most efficient way possible. When you meet your child's teachers for the first time, you should offer your knowledge of your child's situation with them.

One thing you could help the teacher understand is that the child must be visually stimulated in order to pay attention to what's going on. The teacher will need to get the child's attention with visual cues before they speak. This is because most children with hearing troubles can't hear if their back is turned to the speaker. Front seats can help, but not when the teacher needs to use the back of the classroom. Get involved with the teacher to help them understand and meet your child's needs.

4. Reach out to Experts

It helps your cause to have experts on your side. Don't be afraid to ask your child's doctor about information for finding audiologists with backgrounds in education. Their unique experiences allow them to understand how a child with hearing difficulties can learn. These experts can help the child as well as the staff at the school. They can explain everything they know to the teachers so that the teachers can target the abilities of the student.

The experts can recommend certain accommodations based on the behaviors and attitudes they notice in your child. And the child's education will be much more suitable for their hearing difficulties after you work with these experts. When you meet with the school to create the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for your child, it will help to have the expert present to give their input on your child's unique needs.

5. Know Your Rights

Asking for audiology equipment in school for your child is well within your rights. Federal laws dictate that children who need assistance with their hearing are entitled to it. You should first ask your child's teacher. If that doesn't work, you need to speak to the principal. Your last stop would be the superintendent of the school district. You must be willing to fight to get what your child needs to learn.

Don't be shy about asking for this equipment. There's nothing wrong with your child for needing hearing equipment. He or she deserves the same opportunities afforded to children who can hear. The road to a quality education begins with your concern as a parent, and everything else will fall into place from there.