A lot has changed over the last decade regarding education and learning. Inclusive schools, particular education practices, and technology changes make it easier for children with hearing difficulties to succeed. Yet there is still more to be done if a student with a hearing impairment wants to enjoy the same learning opportunities as their classmates.
The article will give you some ideas on how you can support these efforts by volunteering or donating at your local school for children learning for hearing impaired children.
- Make sure education laws are followed for children with hearing impairments. Education laws must be followed for all children with disabilities, not just those with hearing impairments.
- Become an advocate for inclusion by getting involved in your local educational community and finding a new way to make a difference in the lives of children with difficulty learning in a traditional classroom setting.
- Volunteer or donate and support a child’s classroom at no cost to the school district or teacher. Many children who experience problems learning are more than willing to help their classmates who do not “hear” what they say. Your donation will enable the teacher to communicate in beneficial ways for all students.
- Provide a voice for children by becoming a teacher for children with hearing impairments. You can play many vital roles in the lives of these students, including helping them to succeed quickly, which is the goal of every teacher.
- Listen more carefully when your child is talking and ask her to clarify her meaning even when she seems to be saying the same thing over and over again. When you listen attentively to what your child needs to say, you help her learn how to talk about what she wants, making it easier for her to communicate with others and give her insights that benefit other students.
- Take your child to a professional therapist or speech-language specialist regularly as recommended by your child’s school district.You have the power to help your child improve her speech and language skills. However, it can be hard work for both of you.
- Please discuss with your child’s teacher how she can help in the classroom before class starts. Although children who experience hearing impairments may not understand everything their teacher says, they are very willing and capable of supporting their classmates to learn if they know how and when to do so successfully. The same is true if you volunteer in the classroom; ensure you know your role and try to follow through on those expectations.
There are many ways you can be a vocal advocate for children and adults who experience hearing impairment. Your generosity will make a difference in their lives and in the communities they live in.Make learning for hearing impaired children easier by helping out.