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    D/HH accommodations
    By Kate P.

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    Being a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH), I can share a few of the accomodations that are commonly written into the IEP or discussed during the beginning of the school year inservice. Preferential seating (very important, even if just a slight loss) ... usually near the front (row 1-2), center (unless the child has a unilateral loss, in which case you would place the student with his/her good ear toward you), have the child with their back to the window (it is difficult to lip read someone who is "backlit"), keep room noise as low as possible (close the door, turn off fans or place student away from fans), face the student when talking (don't talk while you're facing the blackboard), taking tests in a quiet environment. Some students may use equipment that requires the teacher to wear a microphone (personal FM which feeds the teacher's voice into the child's hearing aid or soundfield system, which is a speaker placed near the child). This equipment helps boost the teacher's voice above the background noise. Also, depending on extent of the hearing loss, the student may have an interpreter and/or use closed captioning. Also, keep in mind that a child with a hearing loss may seem like they hear everything, but they actually may miss a lot of incidental information that we take for granted. Those are just a few of the things I can think of that are commonly encountered when there is a child with a hearing loss in the regular classroom. Hope this helpful!

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