Tips to involve siblings in teaching of your hearing impaired child to create a healthy and happy environment…..

 

1          Talk about the hearing loss, its implications, amplification devices, care for the devices with your children. There is nothing to hide. You should handle your child’s device with a pride and not with guilt. This reflects on your child and gives him strength to face any situation in public. Let your children understand the handling of device. You need to trust them and be patient with them.

2          It is important to promote communication between the siblings. We often feel that our hearing impaired child will not be able to make our hearing child understand his / her needs and hence we come in-between them as translators. Give them a chance and encourage their communication. They always find their own ways to do so which may even lead to special surprises for you.

3          We need to acknowledge and praise positive and collaborative behaviors. Whenever they are playing together build a positive environment around them where each one gets his own space and praise. Siblings have a fun relationship. Kids learn more while playing, as at that time they are not being taught. Their willingness to learn is enhanced.

4          We need to try to understand the feelings behind a certain act. When siblings complaint, don’t jump into conclusions. It is important to explore the reason behind that complaint. Usually our hearing impaired children get advantage in these situations. But we need to do a fair justice.

5          It is extremely important to schedule time alone with your hearing child. We often get so involved in the care of our hearing impaired child that we forget the needs of our hearing child.  Sometimes you can go alone with your hearing child to make him / her feel special too.

6          Modeling is an important tool for teaching, not just for hearing impaired children but for all kids. This tool can be used most effectively when we involve siblings in our lesson plans.

7          The world doesn’t operate as planned but we adults have a tendency to plan and stick to our plans. Unplanned surprise angles give an added edge and provide a more realistic learning than any planned lesson. Siblings can provide that variety and break the monotony of learning.

8          Speed is as important as the lesson itself. Siblings build a healthy sense of competition which raises the learning curve exponentially. Create fairly competitive games around your lesson plans and you’ll be amazed at the speed at which your child picks up.

                        To conclude, I would like to assert not to consider siblings as a hindrance to their learning but a much welcome support provided by God himself. Those who don’t have siblings need not lose heart. The same can be simulated by inviting their friends over and involving them in your lesson plans.

Ritu Nakra

LSLS Cert.AVT

Acknowledgement

Nirmit Goel mother of Prisha Goel

 

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Ritu Nakra

LSLS Cert.AVT

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TEACHERS HAVING A HEARING IMPAIRED CHILD IN THEIR CLASSROOM

OPTIMISE LEARNING :

  1.  Minimise background noise
    A mainstream classroom is a usually a busy, noisy place. Children who have any degree of hearing loss may have difficulty hearing the important information when surrounded by other noises. These noises cause a masking of the important spoken information that needs to be heard. Thus background noise should be kept to a minimum.
  2. Preferential seating
    Place the student in a seat so that both ears are facing the desired sound source and away from the sources of noise such as windows, hallway, or playground, air conditioners or even talkative children.
    A seat that is either in the first row or second row and centre is preferable. This will improve the student’s opportunity to hear and listen and to observe natural body gestures and non-verbal communication.
  3.  During Group Discussions
    When group discussions are occurring, make sure only one person is speaking at a time. This can be encouraged by making a make belief mike with a pencil and who so ever gets that mike will talk.
  4.  Use of communication book
    Use the communication notebook to jot down simple comments to the family on a daily basis. Keep your remarks simple and to the point.

 FOCUS ATTENTION

Make sure that you have the attention of the child. Use either his/her name or give the listening cue like “listen class”.

6dB RULE

It is important to understand that once teacher moves away from the child, the auditory signal is diminished. If you double the distance, the signal is reduced by 6dB.

FM AND SOUNDFIELD

Teachers need to accept the use all of the technology that is available to assist the child with the hearing loss. It can be FM system or any other wireless accessory to improve the signal to noise ratio.

BUDDY SYSTEM

Having a classmate provide friendly support can assist in making sure that the child who has a hearing loss is engaged in all the activities.

VISUAL/WRITTEN CUES

All upcoming tests, events, assignments and announcements should be written on the board or included in the weekly agenda or newsletter that can go home every week.

INCIDENTAL / OVER HEARING ABILITY

Children with hearing loss often do not overhear conversations / new vocabulary etc. Where as 90% of language learnt by normal hearing children is done through incidental learning. Thus teachers must make sure that the child with hearing loss is included in conversations and the teacher checks that the child has heard it.

PRE TEACHING

Parents have good knowledge of how to support their child thus giving them the new vocabulary, themes, topics and concepts to be done in the class in advance will help the child to understand in a much better and easier way in the classroom.

DISICPLINE

In matters of discipline, the student with hearing impairment needs to be treated as much like a student with normal hearing and needs to understand the rules and regulations of the classroom.

WHEN COMMUNICATION BREAKS DOWN

  1. Check the battery / functioning of the device. (Inform Parents)
  2. Get closer and reduce background.
  3. Instead of repeating, ask the child,” what did you hear?”
  4. Rephrase the information or make it easier for the child to understand.
  5. Use acoustic highlighting on key words e.g “I want you to bring your English notebook.”

 

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RITU NAKRA
(LSLS Cert.AVT)