FAQ – Teachers

I am a teacher expecting to have a student who is deaf or hard of hearing in my class for the first time. What can I do to help the student and/or parent?

If the local school district in which you work has a teacher of the deaf or hard of hearing or an audiologist on staff, contact them for support. If your team needs assistance or if the district does not have those professionals on staff, call us. We can provide you with the necessary information to help the student have a successful year, and help you refer the parents to receive our services, if they don’t already.

 

I am concerned about a student in my class. I suspect they may have a hearing loss. What can I do?

Discuss your concerns with the student’s parent or guardian. They may not be open to the idea or understand how a hearing loss can affect an individual, so be patient and gather the supporting documentation or information before talking with them. If the local school district in which you work has a teacher of the deaf or hard of hearing or an audiologist on staff, contact them for support as well. If your school district does not have those professionals on staff, contact BEGINNINGS for help. We can connect you and the family with local resources to complete a hearing screening and, if necessary, diagnostic testing with a pediatric audiologist.

 

What does support for professionals look like?

Parent educators connect families and professionals with the support services and resources they need to ensure improved educational outcomes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. We provide, at no cost to professionals or families, individualized training to staff as well as regional trainings in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction and the Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE).

 

I could use BEGINNINGS’ support. Who can I call?

Call our office at 919-715-4092 to speak with us.