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Resources to Support the Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) Population

Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Children and youth who are Deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) make up a very diverse population, making it difficult to make general statements about them as a group. Some of this diversity is rooted in factors like cultural, linguistic, social, medical, and physical variables. Because the Deaf or hard of hearing population is so diverse, it is critical to address the individual’s unique set of strengths and needs when planning to support teaching, learning and development. It is important to assist children and youth to develop the ability to exercise self-advocacy and self-determination and develop ways to access communication. This may include visual and signed language such as American Sign Language (ASL), acoustic communication through  audiological interventions, and technologies such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and amplification systems. A strengths-based approach also considers the ways in which children and youth who are Deaf or hard of hearing may best be able to access, understand and use information. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, combined with a responsive, whole-person approach, can support effective teaching, learning, and inclusion while addressing individual needs and preferences.  ~Quick Guide Supporting Children & Youth From Low-Incidence Populations

These resources are intended to provide professional learning for professionals working with children and youth in the deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) population.

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Webinar: Facilitating the Development of Auditory Skills in Children with Hearing Loss: An Introduction to the CID SPICE Auditory Training Curriculum

This introductory webinar is designed for speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf and audiologists to capitalize on auditory information made available to students with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids.

It will focus on research-based practices for auditory training and recommended procedures using the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation (SPICE) to build a foundation for auditory skill development.

Length: 1:11:35