Are you excited for summer? Us too! The FRIEND Academy recently hosted a training for family members sharing tips on how to help your family make the most of it with your deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) child. This is such an important topic because what may be fun for other children can be stressful for your child. In case you missed the training, we will outline the highlights on what to expect and how to prepare for any challenges that may arise.
As you are getting ready for summer, you may have some of the following top summer activities planned. Water sports, biking, campfires/camping, nature activities, picnics, community celebrations (hello, 4th of July!), amusement parks and family vacation/travel, anyone?
These things are all insanely fun for most people. However, they can be incredibly stressful for children with hearing loss.
People often ask me, "What Does an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Do, anyway? How is this different from any other Teacher of the Deaf?
An ITINERANT TEACHER OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING is a traveling teacher that works with students who have hearing loss. Other names for this role include “Teacher of the Hearing Impaired”, (which, in general, is no longer considered politically correct), or a “Hearing Teacher,” probably because “Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” is such a mouthful! You may also see DHH (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) Teacher or ITDHH (Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.) From here on out, if you see the letters DHH, that stands for Deaf or Hard of Hearing. You will see this frequently when talking about Deaf/Hard of Hearing students.
Historically, students who had a hearing loss and needed an IEP either attended...
What is an itinerant teacher? That word, I-TIN-ER-ANT, it’s hard to say let alone explain what it is.
In a nutshell, an ITINERANT TEACHER is a traveling teacher. You will most often see this type of teacher for students who have hearing loss or vision loss. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We’ll discuss where this role came from and how it differs from a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who is NOT itinerant.
Where did the Itinerant Teacher come from?
These days, the majority of Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are itinerant teachers. It didn’t used to be that way. This is actually a fairly new concept in deaf education.
The delivery of services from a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing have been impacted by a number of things, including evolving legislation, the Newborn Hearing Screening, Early...