Resources for deaf/hearing impaired children

Visual Aids

  • write main headings, keywords and key questions on board or Overhead Projector before starting a lesson
  • Clearly point out objects which are being discussed
  • If possible, use video tapes with subtitles, or if not available, write out a summary of content
  • Allow the deaf child to take video home for second viewing if necessary
  • Use pictures to support spoken lesson wherever possible

Technical Support

  • Soundfield systems allow a teacher to wear a microphone and an amplifier allows all children in the room to hear more clearly
  • Radio aids can be supplied which can help to cut out background noise.  The teacher carries a microphone and the pupil has a receiver.
  • Be aware of the need to switch it on when talking to the deaf child but to switch it off when you are talking privately to others.
  • Teachers should avoid wearing loose jewellery etc. which can hit the microphone and create loud noise.
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Further Information

Passport to LifeA Guide to the Law in audio format especially for those with disabilities. Contains basic information about everyday rights and responsibilities, the lack of which is a profound barrier to more independent living.