Distance learning tips and device support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Distance Learning Tips
When students are accessing online instruction, consider the following:
- Seating/Noise: Provide a quiet workspace for your student, away from noise (background music, television, other family members playing/talking, etc.)
- Amplification: Continue to encourage full time use of amplification at home.Check amplification equipment with your student before logging on. Ensure batteries are working.
- Accessing Online Audio: Headphones, computer speakers, or bluetooth connection (if available in your child’s amplification/personal accessories) are all options for maximizing auditory output from the computer. It may be helpful to try all options to determine which is best for your child. Do a listening check to be sure audio is accessible.
- Captioning: Turn on the closed captions (when available).
- Other Considerations:
- Many deaf/hard of hearing students rely on speechreading to obtain information from a speaker’s facial expressions to supplement their auditory input; however, when accessing online video instruction, audio and video may not match. Therefore, students should utilize closed captions, if available.
- It may be helpful to ask a teacher for bulleted notes or copy of powerpoint with teacher notes included, if not already available.
- Utilize the raise hand function or chat to ask questions or have information repeated during a live course.
- Breaks may be helpful after sessions of online learning to combat auditory fatigue. Your student will likely be exerting more energy listening to online courses, especially when visuals are not readily available.
Supports for Hearing Aids
Assistive Listening Device (ALD) Supports
Virtual Learning Tool Supports
Technology support videos available in American Sign Language (ASL), Cued Speech, and Spanish from FCPS Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Services.View Additional Virtual Learning Tool Supports
Services for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Educational services for hearing-impaired students are provided through itinerant services and site-based programs to eligible students.Learn more about Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services