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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Role of the Itinerant

The hearing itinerant works with students who are deaf and hard of hearing and their classroom teachers on a regular basis to meet the student's individual needs as outlined on the IEP.

  1. The areas appropriate for instruction with students having a hearing loss are the basic skills necessary for functioning in the standard educational environment. These may include:

    Auditory training


    Language and vocabulary development

    Compensatory listening and communication

    Self-advocacy skills

    Synthesis of auditory and visual cues

    Adjustment, orientation, and management of
    assistive devices, including hearing aids.

  1. Itinerant teachers can pre-teach and reinforce vocabulary and concepts taught in the general education classroom. They can help provide the student with independent skills necessary to learn those concepts in the classroom.

  1. Itinerant teachers keep close contact with parents and classroom teachers in order to monitor the impact the hearing loss may be having on the student's educational progress.

  1. Itinerant teachers monitor the student's educational performance as it relates to his/her hearing loss. Any changes in medical status or educational placement can result in a need to change the level of service.

  1. In-servicing and providing on-going support to classroom teachers and support staff regarding the characteristics and impact of hearing loss is an essential part of the Itinerant's role.

  1. The Itinerant teacher may conduct classroom observations. Observations provide an opportunity for the Itinerant to evaluate the student in the following areas: attending skills, speech reading skills, coping/repair strategies, use of residual hearing and assistive devices.

  1. A variety of formal and informal assessments may be utilized for purpose of three year evaluations and annual reviews.

Program Supervisor:
Brenda Schmidt
(708) 342-5387

Program Secretary
Rita Svane


DHH Program Information:

DHH Early Childhood
DHH Elementary
DHH Junior High
DHH High School
DHH Itinerant Program Design

Role of the Itinerant
Classroom Strategies

DHH Audiological Review Committee
DHH Resources
DHH Forms


Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education
6020 W. 151st Street  | Oak Forest, IL 60452
(Telephone) 708-687-0900 | (TTY) 708-687-2151
(Fax) 708-687-5695

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