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Hearing Impairments

Definition

An overall term that includes all levels of hearing loss, both deaf and hard of hearing.

Characteristics

  • Balance may be affected
  • Information processing time is longer
  • Physical fitness may be lower
  • May be a delay in social/emotional development
  • Speech can range from intelligible to none

Teaching Strategies

  • Make sure the student can see your lips when you talk
  • Use visual demonstrations
  • Coordinate your communication method with the rest of the IEP team
  • Learn basic signs and use them
  • Use captioned videotapes
  • Stand still when giving instructions

 

 

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