Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss and Education

Here are some of the questions I hear most frequently regarding students with hearing loss and their education, from preschool to college graduation and beyond!

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Testing, Testing…

Testing and evaluations bring up many emotions in parents and children alike.  Used well, a comprehensive evaluation provides a measure of the child’s progress and a road map for the way forward.  But how are you supposed to untangle the web of jargon and questions surrounding your child’s testing?  Let’s discuss…

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Your IFSP/IEP Tool Kit

The process of preparing an Individual Family Service Plan (ages birth to three) or an Individualized Education Plan (ages three to twenty-one), can be a nerve-wracking process for even the most resilient parent of a child with hearing loss.  These meetings can be stressful, emotional, painful, confrontational… and good.  While there are many factors that may be out of your control, there are also quite a few things that you, as the parent, can do to build the strongest case for what your child needs.

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Turning Three: Transition from Early Intervention

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) stipulates that states must provide Early Intervention programs for children with disabilities/delays birth to age three and their families.  Once a child qualifies (criteria vary from state to state, usually, the presence of a significant hearing loss is enough to qualify a child for Part C EI services), the services he and his family receive are governed by an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).  One aspect of Part C is the idea that services should be delivered in the “natural environment” of the child.  Usually, this means that therapists come to the child’s home, but it may also mean daycare, a relative’s house, or another community setting — whatever is “natural” for the child and the family.

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