Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) is defined as a diminished sensitivity to sound, or hearing loss that is expressed in terms of standard audiological measures. Hearing loss has the potential to affect educational, communicative, or social functioning that may result in the need for special education instruction and related services. The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program services children and families from birth through age 21 with varying hearing loss. Teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing work with children and families to provide the best mode of learning for each individual.


Services by the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Provide strategies to maximize communication and hearing
  • Provide information on communication options and modes
  • Provide direct instruction in academic and social areas
  • Provide language experience and language enrichment
  • Provide parent education and support
  • Modify and accommodate educational programs and curricula
  • Conduct in-services for teachers and other professionals
  • Teach and promote self-advocacy, socialization, and interpersonal skills
  • Provide resource information to students, parents and professionals
  • Collaborate with interpreters, translators, note takers, and paraprofessionals
  • Facilitate IEPs, IFSPs, IIIPs, and participate in team meetings
  • Provide networking opportunities for students
  • Provide and coordinate transitional services with outside agencies
  • Assist audiologists with equipment and monitor hearing aids
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems
  • Evaluate student progress in social, academic, communication, sensory, and functional areas




Pandy King-Henke

Teacher Deaf/HH - B3-12th grade