What are modifications/accommodations all about?

Providing classroom modifications or accommodations for students who have a hearing impairment is key for their success. Just as a teacher would try to individualize an assignment or a lesson towards a child or children who need extra help in understanding a concept, a child with a hearing impairment may need assignment or lesson adjustment as well. It is important to keep in mind that just because students require specific modifications, it does not mean that they have a different learning capacity. To present information different, there are several techniques and strategies that teachers and students can use while communicating with someone who has a hearing loss. Not only can these technique tips be helpful for those with a hearing loss, but the tips may also create better means of communication and understanding for all students in the classroom.

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This link is a great source of information and technique tips for teachers: Instructor Fact Sheet

Through the use of hearing assistive technology, a student with a hearing impairment can communicate successfully with teacher and his or her peers within the classroom. Research and collaboration of a student's school system is important. The appropriate order and implementation of hearing assistive technology must occur to adequately enhance a student's hearing ability. The following link provides a listing of available technology for a person with a hearing impairment: Hearing Assistance Technology

Check This Out!: If you would like to expand or test your knowledge about promoting optimal classroom acoustics, take a further look at this module: Classroom Acoustics



Disability Resource Center University of Florida. (2008). Instructor fact sheet: Teaching students with hearing loss. Retrieved June 24, 2012, from http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/documents/hearing_loss_instructor_fact_sheet.pdf