Ch 5: Instructional Strategies for Deaf & Hearing Impaired Students

About This Chapter

Sometimes, language arts or literacy teachers are faced with the challenge of instructing deaf/hearing impaired students in language development and communication. This chapter is a great resource for developing effective instructional strategies to successfully teach these special needs students.

Instructional Strategies for Deaf & Hearing Impaired Students - Chapter Summary

How do those with hearing loss or deafness communicate? In what way does hearing loss impact the development of reading and language skills? What can teachers do to create a conducive learning environment for deaf/hearing-impaired students? These are among the key topics you will explore when you use this chapter. Other topics you can expect to find addressed in this chapter include:

  • Learning styles of deaf/hearing impaired students
  • Communication methods such as sign language and devices used in the Listening and Spoken Language Approach (LSL)
  • The American Sign Language alphabet
  • Evidence-based teaching, reading, and hearing strategies for deaf/hearing impaired students
  • Assistive listening devices and communication devices

Expert instructors provide key term definitions and detailed examples to ensure a full grasp of the concepts discussed in this chapter. Each lesson takes only 5-10 minutes to review. Self-assessment quizzes serve as helpful tools you can use to determine your level of understanding and possible need for further review of any topic.

How It Helps

  • Increases awareness: Provides insight into the effects of hearing loss and different learning styles so teachers can adequately prepare instruction for deaf and hearing impaired students.
  • Outlines effective tools and methods: Introduces teachers to assistive technologies, sign language and communication methods they can employ in the classroom to successfully convey material to students with hearing loss or impairment.
  • Encourages student participation and success: Presents strategies to help deaf/hearing impaired students become more engaged and active in the classroom, leading to better performance and achievement.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand and overcome the challenges of hearing loss on reading development
  • Apply effective communication methods and approaches for deaf/hearing impaired students
  • Use American Sign Language in your classroom
  • Conduct language assessments for deaf/ hearing impaired students
  • Develop effective evidence-based instructional strategies for use in your literacy class
  • Create a comfortable and effective classroom learning environment
  • Introduce deaf/hearing impaired students to assistive technologies
  • Use strategies to help students with hearing impairments improve their hearing
  • Employ techniques to help deaf students build reading skills

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