Ask Angie ASL + Tips: Back to School
Ask Angie ASL
As we begin to prepare for another school year, it is time to get our Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) child ready for their school day. Specialized equipment for your DHH child needs to be taken care of as much as getting a new pencil box. Your child’s hearing aids need to be inspected, cleaned and updated if necessary before returning to school. Please be sure that an ample supply of hearing aid batteries are sent with your child and replenished weekly as needed. You should also send in a hearing aid case so if your child needs to remove their hearing aids for whatever reason during the day, they are not lost/damaged during the day.
Getting your child back into a routine of preparing for school is also important. Devices for a DHH child and other devices for around the house (i.e., alarm clocks) can be found in resources such as ADCOhearing.com and Harris Communication. Both companies are wonderful suppliers of equipment and novelty items for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Some great parenting sites for DHH students are: ASLized.org; deafchildren.org and Hands and Voices.
Reading stories is always important. Some great apps with ASL stories are Signed Stories; The Baobob;The Boy that Cried Wolf and The Blue Lobster.
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