Hearing services are provided to students with a hearing impairment and who are determined to be eligible for services through the IEP process. Students may receive both instructional and consultative services. Instruction is provided based on the needs of the student and may include academic skills, self-advocacy, language, communication skills, independence skill development, executive function skills. Consultative services may include training for staff, adaptation of curriculum, instructional strategies, accommodations, environmental planning, emergency plans, observations, test administration and team meetings. Communication methods may include assistive listening devices, educational sign language interpreting, and alternative communication systems.
CASE provides teachers licensed in education for the Deaf and hard of hearing to districts in both DuPage and Cook Counties. Teachers work with students whose needs range from multi-needs to gifted. Itinerants provide direct, consult, and technology services using supplemental curriculum, materials, and software to pre-teach, re-teach, and extend classroom content. These experts collaborate with students, parents, team members, outside professionals, medical personnel, private therapists and amplification manufacturers.
CASE Hearing itinerant teachers provide, manage, and maintain Assistive Listening Devices (i.e., FM systems), closed captioning, and connection options for personal listening devices. They conduct evaluations of students and the classroom environment and interpret audiological information to identify instructional and functional needs and supports for students with hearing impairment. Finally, they familiarize each student’s educational team with student-specific details regarding hearing impairment and classroom procedural recommendations, and they connect staff, family, and students to outside resources, language support, and transition planning.
CASE Hearing itinerant teachers work closely with school staff throughout the year and provide ongoing coaching in adapting and modifying materials, adapting the classroom and school environments and designing instruction and instructional materials that allow each student to participate in the classroom to the greatest extent. They provide training specific to a student’s hearing impairment as well as general trainings to nurses, administrators and other staff on hearing loss.