Ready for School
Placement for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
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children begin in one kind of school program, and move to
- A child who is born deaf or
hard of hearing and identified early may have one to one
family help, a self contained or regular preschool, and then a school
placement that suits his or her language needs. That could
be full time inclusion in regular classrooms, mainstreaming with an interpreter, or a school for
deaf children, depending on the needs that parents and
- A child who is born hearing
or hard of hearing and gradually loses more hearing might
begin in a preschool among hearing children, but may need
more support later on, to keep the language growing.
- A child who receives one kind
of program, but doesn't learn as successfully as parents
and teachers had hoped, may make wonderful progress by
changing to a different kind of program.
No one placement is best for
all children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Any individual
child will do best when the placement meets his or her needs.