What it is

A diagnosed condition, where there is a complete loss of the ability to hear from one or both ears.

Teaching Strategies

• Implement strategies provided by a teacher of the deaf, audiologist and/or speech and language pathologist, who may work directly with the student.
• Develop and implement alternative programming expectations as part of the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), involving self-advocacy, learning to sign, speech, etc.
• Provide visual instructions (written or pictures).
• Face the student when speaking to facilitate lip reading (do not talk when writing on the board).
• Frequently check with the student for understanding.


• Use preferential seating, so the student has a clear line of sight to the teacher.
• Develop a preplanned response for emergency evacuation.
• Post a visual schedule.


• Provide choice for assignments.
• Check that the student understands the test questions.
• Provide additional time.
• Use assertive technology.
• Provide written instructions.

See also the teaching strategies for these areas of student need:
Articulation Skills
Metacognitive Skills
Self-Advocacy Skills
Social Skills