Many factors need to be considered when selecting educational placements for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. School placement needs to support a child's learning and social development. Different settings accomplish these goals for individual children.
Depending on where you live, you may have various educational placement options for your child. Here are some examples of different placements
Some of the key school placement factors are:
Educational placements range from full time inclusion in regular classrooms, part-time inclusion in a regular classroom with part-time special classes, inclusion in a special class focusing on spoken language, inclusion in a regular classroom with a sign language interpreter, or enrollment in a school for deaf children, or other combinations, depending on the needs that parents and educational team see.
An important point is that you might try a placement and find out that it is not supporting the child in the way the team envisioned. The team can explore other placement options – this flexibility helps you find a good match between the child's needs and the educational environment.
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.
Resources on Educational Placements from Parent Perspectives