Deafness is called the ‘invisible disability’, and teens can be very reluctant to disclose what they see as a social vulnerability. A librarian who has hearing issues herself, shares some communication tips – which can be used almost anywhere a pen, paper, the internet or a mobile phone is available.
One vital tip is, “Don’t assume that a teen who talks clearly can hear clearly”. Namely: a teen may have received spoken language teaching in their early childhood, or they gained spoken language naturally during early infancy, by hearing through digital devices.
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