It is known, that even a mild hearing loss can adversely affect a child’s ability to perform in the classroom. Here are some key pointers to help ensure that children with hearing loss are able to function optimally in the classroom:
1) Preferential seating - Children with hearing loss rely on the assistance of visual cues and decreased physical space between the speaker and themselves. Make sure they are close to the teacher and away from noisy hallways, heating/AC units, etc.
2) Be expressive – Providing expressions, hand gestures, examples and pictures will help “fill in the gaps” of missed words/phrases by providing additional contextual information.
3) Rephrase yourself – Don’t just repeat, rephrase. If a child doesn’t understand at first, rephrase the message with different words and intonation.
4) Speak clearly – and at a moderate pace.
5) FM systems – should your child have a diagnosed hearing loss and utilize hearing aids, an FM system (attached to their specifically programmed hearing aids) can help deliver speech from the teacher directly into their hearing aids, helping reduce the effects of background noise and distance.
For more ways to help your child in the classroom, speak with your audiologist!