February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


2/28/2017  |   1:45 PM - 2:15 PM   |  Educating and Integrating Children Who Are Deaf+ into the Classroom   |  Hanover A

Educating and Integrating Children Who Are Deaf+ into the Classroom

Teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing are not always prepared to work with children who are deaf plus. Approximately 40% of children identified with hearing loss have other issues (Gallaudet Research Institute 2005). What can professionals do when they receive a child with a hearing loss in addition to another diagnosis? It is important that our curriculum, classroom activities, classroom environment and strategies are implemented to successfully support the student’s unique needs and progress within a deaf and hard of hearing specialized classroom. A deaf or hard of hearing child with multiple disabilities may often be placed in a classroom with a teacher who does not have the background in understanding hearing loss. They lose access to language when placed in a specialized classroom under a category other than deafness. Unfortunately factors that are related to their hearing loss may be ignored as other disabilities may take a primary role leaving these students unique needs not met leading to detrimental outcomes for their learning and development. How can we as programs and teachers feel confident in serving this population within our deaf and hard of hearing classrooms? This presentation will address how to establish a classroom that can accommodate a multi-modality approach as well as a variety of strategies and techniques to include them in the curriculum and create an environment that supports their special needs. Participants will learn specific activities and strategies to incorporate children with a variety of needs that fall into the deaf plus category. There will be an opportunity for participants to see tangible examples of materials that we have developed for this type of group.

  • 1. Build a classroom that welcomes and serves students who are deaf plus
  • 4. Provide activities that simultaneously incorporate a variety of needs and techniques to support a child's learning who is deaf plus
  • 7. List strategies and show examples of materials that target a child’s unique learning needs who may have a combination of: deaf/autism, deaf/ID, deaf/blind, and/or deaf/sensory disorder


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Jessica Salaam (), Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, CEID, jessica@ceid.org;
Jessica Salaam is an Early Intervention Specialist at the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, CEID, in Berkeley, California, where she has worked in a variety of roles as home visitor, toddler teacher, parent sign class teacher, and most recently preschool teacher and program director. She is a teacher of the deaf who received her Master’s degree and a Specialized Education credential from San Francisco State University. She has worked with young deaf or hard of hearing children and their families in a variety of local Bay Area programs however has resided at CEID for 17 years.


Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

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