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Child with quick considerable hearing loss over summer

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by HMRogerson, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. HMRogerson

    HMRogerson New commenter


    I'm a year 1 teacher who has just found out that a child coming up to me from reception has had considerable hearing loss over the summer. We are not sure exactly to what extent he has lost his hearing yet but apparently it's quit considerable.

    We are going to contact the school nurse and have a look at what we need to put in place but does anyone have any ideas on how to support him day to day until all this is finalised and put in place?

    As he is so young, it's not like he will be able to read if we wanted to write to communicate with him...

    Any ideas at all would be appreciated!
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I would expect that he will still have some hearing, but will need some adjustments to help him cope in a classroom setting. Some things to consider:
    1) Reduce background noise as much as possible. This might include keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible, not having music playing in the background, and turning off equipment (eg. IWB projector) when not in use.
    2) If you have carpet spaces, place the child at the front and to the side. It will be easier for him to listen if he can see the face of the person who is speaking; at the front means he can clearly see the teacher, to the side means he can turn to see classmates.
    3) If you have tables, seat the child away from any noise external sources (eg. by the window, next to the heating system). Avoid a table in the middle of the room that is surrounded by other tables, to help keep down background noise when children are working collaboratively.
    4) Think about sound control during lessons - a noise monitoring app or similar might be useful.

    These tips will be useful even once specialist support is in place. You can find out lots of information on the NDCS website: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/professional_support/our_resources/acoustics.html
    Tinycat1234 likes this.
  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Yes I am HI and been responsible for one or two HI students in mainstream (but Secondary ).From my experience - your child may be starting to depend on lip reading so ensure that the teacher is not in front of a window as the reflection / sun / glare from behind makes it even harder to make sense of what is being said. Using hand gestures and actions can be useful as long as they are consistent . Concentrating on what others are saying is hard in any context is hard, stressful and crucially extremely tiring. If it is one ear that is more badly affected then make sure that the ' good ' ear is accommodated. Brief ALL the staff / additional adults who may be working with the child re his difficulties and listen to the parents - reinforce their support mechanisms in school.
  4. HMRogerson

    HMRogerson New commenter

    Thank you for these tips, they are really helpful. Going to look over my seating plans etc today. The glare from the window and the additional sounds are interesting points too...
    Thanks again both
  5. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    It's really important to have a team around the child or support plan meeting for this child... The family and the child will also need a huge amount of pastoral support. Contacting the NDCS is a great idea. Also visit your local HI provision. Contact the local HI Advisory Teacher as a a matter of urgency. It is their job to come in and provide support to the child, you and the family. A SALT ref may also need to be made.
    There are lots of great tip above but you really do need expert and personal advice from a TOD too.
  6. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Ps it's also really important to do some deaf awareness with the class around sound, taking it in turns to speak etc. You could do a circle time and again look at the NDCS... This is a great story to read! http://www.ndcs.org.uk/awesomeadventures.html

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