Day-​to-​day support

August 12, 2016 by Jessica Noël-Drapeau
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It’s back-to-school season again! If your child has hearing loss, you might be wondering what types of services there are to help with school. Many are available to provide your child with day-to-day support!

For many parents with hearing-impaired children, back-to-school time means questions, whether the child is 5 or 14. Will my child be properly supported? Which professionals will he/she need? How can I help him/her settle in well despite his/her hearing loss? Will he/she be excluded in class?

Team of professionals

School boards offer services for children who have slight to severe hearing loss. They provide guidance so these children can develop their full potential in regular schools.

A team of professionals is set up, including a speech-language pathologist, a teacher, a specialized educator, and other professionals outside the school. These people work with each other and with parents to help children in all aspects of school life.

Depending on the area, external services may also be offered to support children and their parents. For example, in Quebec City, a team from the CIUSSS (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux) provides habilitation, rehabilitation, social integration, guidance, and family support services. The team works closely with the school to help hearing-impaired children improve their social skills and communication strategies so they can stay in the desired school system.

Interpreter

Students with considerable hearing loss might need an interpreter to explain things during class, from kindergarten to advanced studies. The interpreter sits or stands near the teacher and the board in front of the class so the student can see both at the same time. The interpreter translates into sign language or uses signs here and there while talking.

Specialized educator

The specialized educator makes sure an individualized education plan is implemented. He/she helps the child acquire tools and listening strategies, and ensures adequate follow-up of the child’s learning and integration into the school environment.

Teacher

Teachers must have all the support and resources they need to ensure that hearing-impaired children are perceived as equal to other students. Teachers must diversify their work methods and adapt their learning tools in cooperation with the school team, parents, and, when possible, the interpreter and external team.

Teamwork

Parental support is crucial for children with hearing loss. Parents need to be a part of the entire process, every step of the way. Day-to-day support is a collaborative effort between professionals, parents, and children!

To learn more, consult a specialized educator or an audiologist.

References:
http://www.irdpq.qc.ca/. Consulted May 2, 2016.
http://santecapitalenationale.gouv.qc.ca/a-propos-de-nous/ciusss-de-la-capitale-nationale/. Consulted May 2, 2016.

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