Hearing Impaired

Following instructions

  • Say CYP's name clearly, or touch them lightly, before giving instructions to make sure you have their attention

  • Let the CYP see the face of the speaker to aid lip-reading (if applicable)

  • Project your voice naturally and clearly, without exaggerated lip movements

  • Emphasise key words by putting stress on them

  • Use visual aids to help the CYP understand what is being said

  • Use short sequenced instruction statements

  • Ensure instructions are understood by using open-ended questions or repeating back to speaker

Seating plan

  • Use circular seating arrangement if at all possible

  • If desks are arranged in rows, sit CYP at the front, according to their particular hearing needs to enable them to scan round and face classmates when speaking

  • Do not seat CYP near/under projector / air con unit as buzzing interferes with their hearing.

  • Do not sit the CYP near open windows or doors that are open onto busy corridors

  • Seat close to sound source when watching TV, videos etc

Participating in class work

Repeat comments and questions from all CYP so that focus can be on the speaker

If no additional support is in place, use a buddy or peer system to make sure the CYP can check understanding

Write new information, including content and vocabulary, on the board or record in CYP's book/planner

Cochlear Implants

  • Ensure the microphone is switched on and check that the CYP can hear

  • Also make sure that the microphone is switched off when not directly addressing the CYP or the class as a whole

  • Ensure the CYP can se the face of the speaker

  • Keep other noises in the classroom to minimum

  • Identify one person in the school to conduct sound checks for the CYP and ensure the equipment is working correctly