Tutorial: Communication Matters

Communication Matters! is intended for educators who have little or no experience of working with children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). The resource aims to develop understanding of a deaf or hard of hearing student’s needs. It introduces general educators to practical steps they can take to be more deaf aware. It includes suggestions and tips on how to ensure D/HH students have full access to the curriculum and all aspects of school life. This tutorial is one in a six-part series about educating D/HH students in inclusive learning environments.

  • Introduction

    This is the introductory chapter for the Communication Matters! Tutorial. It provides an overview of the tutorial and considerations that educators need to be aware of when working with D/HH students.

  • Good Communication Approaches

    This clip gives tips on good approaches to communication and how to avoid some common communication problems.

  • Optimal Classroom Set Up

    This clip includes useful information about classroom set up and positioning for optimal communication access.

  • Teaching Tips

    This clip includes teaching tips to help ensure that D/HH students get the most out of lessons.

  • Group Work

    This clip outlines helpful tips and ideas on how you can make sure D/HH students are fully included in classroom discussions and group work.

  • Using Technology During Lessons

    This clip includes teaching tips and considerations for deaf friendly use of technology during your lessons.

  • Identity and Well-being

    Many D/HH students experience feelings of isolation when surrounded by hearing peers in the classroom. This clip discusses the critical role of the classroom teacher in supporting a D/HH student’s self-esteem and sense of belonging within the culture of the classroom.

  • Self-Advocacy Skills

    This clip addresses the following questions: What is self-advocacy and why do D/HH students need it? What does a D/HH student need to know in order to be a self-advocate? Can self-advocacy skills be part of IEP goals?

  • The Informal Inventory of Independence and Self-Advocacy Checklist

    In this clip a brief overview of the informal inventory, a tool to support monitoring of independence and self-advocacy skills development, is outlined.