We have now all survived a full year of school during a pandemic – what have we learned? What lessons can we take forward into the next year of uncertainty, given that Ministries of Education across Canada have released back-to-school plans which assume in-person learning?
As audiologists and speech-language pathologists, support and collaboration with Teachers of the Deaf is vital to ensure the hard work we do to identify children early and give them a solid foundation for communication and academic success does not fall apart due to a lack of school services.
In 2004, Gina Oliva, published the book Alone in the Mainstream: A Deaf Woman Remembers Public School and posits that mainstreaming is not always positive and that there are significant downsides concerning social relationships and identity – is this still true today?
Classrooms are dynamic listening environments and we need to continually evaluate whether we have appropriately matched the needs of the student with the recommended technology (and pivot when necessary).
In the spring, in the article Online Learning Success for Students with Hearing Loss, Pam talked about what online learning should look like for our students; In this issue she’s going to share what in-class and online learning is looking like this year.
This issue’s Audiology in the Classrooms is by Dr. Krista Yuskow of the Edmonton Public Schools as an educational audiologist. Of her many interests Krista focuses on the relationship between hearing loss and self-determination.
Pam Millett looks at how the rapid rise in online learning due to COVID-19 has created unique challenges for students with hearing loss and why not enough time and attention has been paid to issues for students with special needs.
It is challenging for clinical audiologists to keep track of advances in FM system technology. With parent consent, picking up the phone or sending an email to collaborate on technology choices ensures that our students have the best possible access to the world through hearing.
Universal newborn hearing screening programs have changed the landscape for children with hearing loss; however, we cannot rest on our laurels. We need to continue to support students and parents into adolescent and adulthood.
This issue’s column will explore some of the misconceptions that classroom teachers have about hearing loss, and how to provide better information and strategies for them to support students effectively.