Hearing Impairment Support Strategies

In a mainstream school you may need to:

• seek the guidance and support of the hearing impaired service

• seek the guidance and support of the speech and language therapist

• ensure the pupil is seated where she can see the teacher clearly

• keep background noise to a minimum

• be familiar with the type of hearing aid the child is wearing

• speak clearly, but with no exaggeration of lip patterns

• simplify your statements and, if necessary, rephrase a sentence if it is obvious that the child has not understood

• use facial expressions to convey clues to what you are saying

• learn some basic sign language

• use Teletext subtitles when watching television programmes

• modify tasks to suit the learner's language level

• teach other children ways to communicate with the hearing-impaired child.