Improving learner outcomes

Hearing Impairment course

In many classrooms there are learners who:

  • have difficulty hearing other people clearly, and misunderstand what they say
  • have to ask people to repeat themselves
  • become tired or stressed because of how hard they have to concentrate on what other people are saying
  • feel isolated because they are unable to contribute to classroom discussions

For learners with hearing loss there is often a wide variation in both the degree and type of hearing loss they experience. Learners with hearing loss may also have difficulties with their language and literacy skills.

This course looks at the impact hearing impairment can have on a learner’s life. It shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for these learners and offers practical assessment ideas and intervention strategies.

The course is CPD certified for 20 hours of learning.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the ear works and define the different causes of hearing loss
  • Describe the impact that hearing loss has on child development, learning and social inclusion
  • Explain the range of communication modes used by students with a hearing loss
  • Identify different amplification devices, including additional listening devices, and describe how environmental adaptions can enhance hearing
  • Use checklists to carry out observations of a student’s functional hearing
  • Apply a graduated response to meeting the needs of hearing impaired pupils based on the assess, plan, do review cycle
  • Describe your role in implementing an Education Health and Care Plan
  • Contribute towards planning interventions that take into account a pupil’s individual development profile and needs
  • Explain the benefit of a positive whole-school approach to deaf awareness
  • Employ strategies to support communication, access to the curriculum, social inclusion and well-being, and increase independent learning skills
  • Explain the range of different education settings for sensory impairments
  • Set SMART goals and implement strategies for improving learner outcomes

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Feedback from our participants

The course has made me more aware of the needs of a pupil with a hearing impairment and the barriers that they face in every day life. Full inclusion is the key to a pupil's progress and happiness in a mainstream setting.

Teaching Assistant

As I have returned after 10 years away from working in the field of Hearing Impairment the course enabled me to refresh and update my skills and knowledge. It has provided material I can use with young people, their families and other professionals.

Qualified Teacher of Hearing Impairment

I have become more aware of the ineffectiveness of too much "teacher talk" and of the importance of very directed questioning and enabling plenty of opportunities for the pupil to develop and consolidate his learning.

Teaching Assistant

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