The Needs of Students with Hearing Loss: A New Study

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University published a new report, “Critical Needs of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: a Public Input Summary,” earlier this month. The report describes the barriers children with hearing loss ages birth to 21 face in the school setting. A total of 775 participants contributed to the study, which found five major barriers for students with hearing loss.

The five barriers participants discovered were:

  1. A lack of knowledge and education about children with hearing loss among professionals, caregivers and the public
  2. A lack of collaboration between these groups
  3. Unqualified professionals and service providers
  4. A lack of accommodation in the school system
  5. Not enough focus on the child’s self-development

To read the report in its entirety, click here.

There were four themes that resonated with two-thirds of the participants: resources, language and communication, social concerns and qualified direct service personnel. With such a high number of respondents, all of different ages and varying backgrounds, agreeing with these barriers and themes, it is evident that special education programs are not adequately addressing the needs of students with hearing loss, and the lack of specialists is part of the problem. Special education support staff members strive to understand and meet the needs of all students; however, this report highlights some areas for improvement.

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PresenceLearning offers access to SLPs that are specially trained in working with deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students, and even offers access to SLPs trained to deliver Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT).