Classroom Strategies

Deafness (we use the word  'deaf' &'deafness' to refer to all levels of hearing loss, including unilateral deafness and temporary deafness such as glue ear)  can have an impact on the development of:

  • language

  • listening

  • attention and concentration

  • literacy

  • working memory

  • auditory memory

  • processing speed

  • incidental learning

  • self -esteem

  • learning style

  • difficulty following group conversations

If hearing aids and radio aids are used it is essential that these are working properly.

The child will only benefit from hearing technology if it is

  • Working properly

  • Worn consistently

  • Set or programmed correctly and

  • Worn in a good listening environment

SEND Teaching Support Team can provide training to ensure staff are able to check hearing aid technology.


Creating a good listening environment

A good listening environment benefits all children and young people. Children with any level of hearing loss, whether they are those with temporary glue ear or permanent  hearing aid users will all benefit from working in a good listening environment.

You can reduce reverberation by : fitting curtains or blinds, use of soft furnishings e.g. cushions, use of display on boards, covering hard surfaces with cloths/drapes, fitting acoustic tiles, panels and doors,

You can reduce background noise by: closing doors to noisy areas or corridors, close windows, curtains, blinds as necessary, ensure heating and air conditioning systems operate within acceptable noise levels; turn off equipment such as computers when not in use, avoid playing background music.


Further Strategies

For more information on specific support strategies to support language, listening, attention and concentration, literacy, working memory, auditory memory, processing speed, incidental learning, self -esteem, learning style and following group conversations , SEND Teaching Support Team would recommend downloading relevant free documents such as those listed below.

  • Supporting the achievement of deaf children in early years settings

  • Supporting the achievement of deaf children in primary schools

  • Supporting the achievement of deaf children in secondary schools

  • Supporting the achievement of deaf children in further education

  • Phonics and the Hearing Impaired Child: Practical Strategies for Mainstream Settings

  • How you can make your resources accessible to deaf children and young people (2013)

  • Here to Learn - A DVD resource for schools (2008)

  • Healthy Minds

These are all available by joining the National Deaf Children Society. It is free to join. Here you will find many other useful documents such as "how to" video clips for teachers and a video clip on "a  good classroom environment - good acoustics".


Useful Links