Infant detection of child deafness, auditory verbal therapy and preschool are the bedrock for children to enjoy learning in mainstream classrooms at their local schools.
— Caroline Carswell (@soundadvice_pro) February 13, 2017
Early Hearing Response Is Paramount
As early-interventionist Pamala Cross explains, the 1-3-6 elements in this approach are:
- One: By age one month, all infants have their hearing tested, ideally soon after birth.
- Three: Infants who fail a hearing test, will complete diagnostic testing by 3 months old.
- Six: Infants with hearing loss are enrolled in early intervention services by 6 months old.
During the child’s critical learning time from six months to age five, parents and families can work to equip their children with verbal classroom skills, using preschool as the practice step.
— Caroline Carswell (@soundadvice_pro) February 9, 2017
Skills your child needs for mainstream school
- Speech & literacy skills: Strong spoken language skills help reading and socialisation.
- Social skills: Children need to know how to interact with other kids and adults.
- Confidence: Children need to be able to advocate for themselves; for example, telling their teacher they need to sit up the front, that their batteries are running low, or explain why they need a hearing aid. (Source: ABC.net AU)
Oral Deaf Education In Dallas
In Dallas (US), oral deaf education – teaching deaf children through spoken language – is practised by both Dallas Independent School District and Sudie Williams Elementary school, confirming more independent school districts in the US to be following this route.
Tips for including deaf children at mainstream school are in the Times Education Supplement.