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The goal of this module is to increase awareness of the challenges facing students who are deaf or hard of hearing to access auditory information to the same extent as their peers. Teams need to be knowledgeable about how a given student uses his or her residual hearing, communicates, is affected by diverse environments, and benefits from technology. This module will define each of these factors and give clear directions to describe the student's status in the first three areas of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide: student abilities and difficulties, environmental considerations and tasks. This is part I in a two-part series. Part II will address AT tools for hearing.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 28 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Describe how residual hearing and mode of communication impact decisions about assistive technology in the classroom environment.
  2. Describe how environmental factors impact students with hearing loss in the classroom setting.
  3. Identify tasks that are challenging to students with hearing loss.
  4. Identify needed modifications in the environment and/or tasks to provide the best access for the student.

Module Authors

Amy Hartman, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Hartman, Director of Clinical Education at the University of Wisconsin Madison, is involved in all facets of Au.D. education and student training, particularly in the area of pediatric audiology. Her passion is working with children with hearing loss, particularly audiologic assessments and central auditory processing evaluations. She is involved in local, state, regional and national initiatives to promote screening, early diagnosis, and treatment. She has been involved in multiple student research projects and outreach activities including clinics for Amish and Mennonite populations in Wisconsin. Additionally, she hosts a dramatic play summer camp for children with hearing loss.

Amy Kroll, Au.D., CCC-A

Amy Kroll is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She provides clinical education for Au.D. students and teaches several classes including Hearing Assessment and Amplification Lab. Her areas of interest include educational audiology, rehabilitative audiology and private practice. She wrote and published a book for kids called, "I'm the Boss of my Hearing Loss!"

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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