Should I tell my child's school about a hearing impairment?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

You should absolutely tell your child's school about his or her hearing impairment. Uninformed teachers may mistake a hearing impairment for a developmental or behavioral disorder. You must work with teachers to devise an education program that best suits your child's hearing abilities. Perhaps your child needs to sit in the front row of the classroom and wear an FM receiver while the teacher wears a microphone. The U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) dictates that your child receives the necessary programs in school free of charge. If you don't talk to the school about your child's hearing needs, he or she will not receive the education he or she deserves.

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