Are you a teacher whose classroom includes individuals who are hearing impaired? Do you know someone who is Deaf or hard of hearing and want to communicate with him or her more effectively? If so, this post will supply you with helpful tips that will increase communication between yourself and someone who is hearing impaired, encouraging learning and understanding.
Do you feel confident communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired?
If not, it’s likely that you need to brush up on your communication skills. It’s important to remember that people communicate differently based on their needs and upbringing. It can be exciting to learn new methods of communication and tweak old ones. It is also very rewarding to feel assured that you are getting your message across to someone, and vice versa.
Here are a few tips for communicating effectively with an individual who has a hearing impairment.
Quick Tips for Communicating with Someone Who is Hearing Impaired
– Do not speak too fast; take a more moderate pace.
– Keep your hands from your face while speaking. In other words, do not allow anything to obstruct your face and mouth.
– Try your best to ensure minimal or no noise in the background while you are speaking.
In the Classroom
– Repeat questions that other students ask to ensure the hearing impaired student has full understanding of the classroom discussion.
– See that a student with a hearing impairment sits in the seat that best suits him or her.
– Are you using class discussion questions during your lecture? If so, make sure they on written either on a board or “an overhead projector.”
– “Use visual aids with few words and large images and fonts.”
– Pass out written or typed classroom materials, such as instructions and lecture notes, before class begins.
To see more tips and information about accommodating students with a hearing impairment, visit http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/Strategies/Disability/Hearing/ and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
How do you communicate most effectively with individuals who are hearing impaired?
We know that Canada’s disability community is probably loaded with knowledge of communication as it relates to hearing difficulties. What are your tips for communicating with someone with a hearing impairment? Please share your wisdom by leaving a comment.
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