Want to open up a discussion about hearing loss related learning issues vs a Learning Disability related learning issues. I have had students over the years who present like they are learning disabled,but the confusion or difficulties they have had clearly are due to their hearing loss. They have issues with vocabulary gaps, being very concrete, and needing things broken down into smaller parts/steps. I have also had students whose learning needs are clearly NOT due to their hearing loss. The issues are more focused on visual perceptual needs, visual issues, organization and just misunderstanding.
While some of the techniques I use on my kiddos with hearing loss might be effective for the kids who are learning disabled, I feel it is important for the children to be tested for learning disabilities,as well. I think labeling for labeling sake is silly. Labeling a student so they get the appropriate modifications and accommodations is important.
What are your thoughts-keep them with just a hearing loss label or check for further special needs?
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Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.