Teaching Students About Their Hearing Loss & Devices

(120 minutes)

Children who use assistive technology are frequently isolated as ‘one and only’ within their school. They must have the knowledge, language, and social skills needed to manage their technology and explain it to others. This session will provide strategies to support students in developing their knowledge, use, and advocacy for their technology.

Learning Objectives: 

The participant will be able to:

 1) Have tools to explain the impact of the use of devices to students with hearing loss and their mainstream teachers.

2) Have specific activities and tools to use with their students to monitor, assess, and develop independence with devices and develop understanding of their hearing loss.

3) Be able to write goals related to knowledge of hearing loss and devices that are aligned with the Common Core.



Gail Wright

Gail Wright earned her BS DHH teaching degree, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Administration and Supervision Certificate. She earned a certificate in Auditory and Spoken Language for the Young Child. Gail has worked in a self-contained program for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, as DHH Program Administrator - but her first love is as an Itinerant Teacher, teaching all ages and a variety of subjects. She is currently serving students in two high schools and working in the Transition Program. Gail is the author of the Monkey Talk and Hear It, Fix It games and is co-author of Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream with Karen Anderson.

Karen Anderson

Director, Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

Karen Anderson PhD has worked in clinical, public school and state-level (EHDI) settings and is Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss. Dr. Anderson has received national recognition awards in educational audiology, and speaks nationally and internationally. She is the author or co-author of many practical materials, such as the SIFTER, LIFE-R, and CHILD and co-author of a number of books including Building Skills for School Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom and Steps to Assessment and Editor of the popular e-magazine Teacher Tools to Support the Success of Children with Hearing Loss. She develops free bimonthly Update newsletters that are distributed to 11,000 subscribers.


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