Making choices for your child’s education can be complicated but choosing a school for your hearing impaired daughter certainly adds another dimension to the decision.
Since there are many paths to a child’s educational success, how do parents decide which kind of school is right for their kids?
The first thing to remember is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. The full educational potential of a deaf or hard-of-hearing child can only be supported with an emphasis on the individual needs of the child.
Here are the steps to follow when looking for a school for your hearing impaired daughter:
Choose the right school
Searching for the best school is always the first option. A quick search on the internet will provide you with a list of school based on their performance on the standardized test and provide you with evaluations.
However don’t stop at this point, solicit personal recommendations from other parents who have had a similar experience. Remain open to all possibilities as you begin your search to enable you to exhaust the available options and come out with the best.
Evaluate the school
After carefully choosing the schools, evaluating each institution including its teachers and administration, here are some criteria you might consider when evaluating:
- The level of experience of the school, administration, and teachers working with hearing impaired children.
- The acoustics of the environment where your child will be spending her time. This should include the classrooms and hostels.
- The level of accommodation offered by the faculty and staff, their comfort with hearing related technology such as FM.
- Teaching style and class size.
- References from other families of children with hearing difficulties or other disabilities.
- Consider the amount of fees paid if it meets your budget.
After successfully evaluating the schools, it’s now upon you to choose which school best suit your child’s need.