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ERIC Number: ED509263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Adjusting to Hearing Loss during High School: Preparing Students for Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training. Tipsheet
Brooks, Dianne
Completion of postsecondary education frequently builds upon a student's successful academic and personal experience during high school. For students with hearing loss, healthy adjustment to hearing loss is a key lifelong developmental process. The vast majority (94%) of approximately 1.1 million K-12 students with hearing loss are educated in regular schools and do not receive any educational support services. Many of these students have a mild hearing loss or hearing loss in only one ear. Yet, even a mild or unilateral hearing loss can be significant for a student. Approximately 37% of children with minimal hearing loss fail at least one grade and many have significantly more problems with their behavior, self-esteem, and social skills compared to children with normal hearing. Further, these students are often not aware of their hearing loss, possible educational accommodations available to them, and their legal rights to these accommodations. Intervening professionals should become knowledgeable and well-informed about issues involved in living with hearing loss. This tipsheet offers suggestions for identifying students who do not know that their hearing loss can affect them academically, socially, and emotionally. A four-stage framework is described for understanding a student's readiness for accepting help. Also included are suggested interventions that facilitate the student's adaptation to their hearing loss. These interventions also offer a broad perspective beyond high school that can be extrapolated to postsecondary students by college service personnel. (Contains 33 resources.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: PEPNet Northeast