Date
18 September 2019
deaf and hard of hearing

Deaf or hard of hearing students and learning

Support effective communication and learning across all levels of the curriculum.

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Understanding being Deaf

Learn about Deaf culture, how to recognise differences in hearing, and how those differences affect language development, communication, and social interactions.​

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/JY4uof7vvZk

The Deaf community share their perspectives and encourage people to communicate with one another.

Strategies for action

Four key strategies providing specific and whole-class support to include students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Identify needs and how to provide support

Work closely with the student and their whānau. Take an evidence-based, team approach to supporting learning and wellbeing. Monitor progress closely.   

Students engaged in a maths activity

Identify topics, ideas, activities, and images that engage the student and build these into your lesson plans.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Ask the student what will help

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Partner with whānau​

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Assessment and monitoring

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Organisations, programmes and resources

    Includes:

    • Resources

Key areas to support

Communication, thinking, and social interaction are areas Deaf students and those who are hard of hearing may need some specific support. Explore recommended approaches.

Three suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Support communication​

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. ​Support thinking

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. ​Support social interaction

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Approaches that are useful for students who are deaf or hard of hearing are often valuable for everyone.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/EBVi0rlLYW4

A range of strategies that support success for all students in an inclusive classroom are outlined in this video.

Five suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13

Approaches that are useful for students who are deaf or hard of hearing are often valuable for everyone.

Working with science equipment

Offer a wide variety of hands-on, immersive experiences to support learning.

Five suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing A resource for educators

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing: A resource for educators

Read time: 27 min

This booklet examines how being deaf or hard of hearing can influence learning and provides strategies teachers can use in the classroom.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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