Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are offered to serve students using various modes of communication including American Sign Language, Total Communication and Auditory/Oral Communication. Students are typically served in their home-zoned school in regular education or ESE classes with the support of an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH).
The Dept. of Education provides an educational definition of a student eligible for special educational services through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. A student who is deaf or hard of hearing has a hearing loss, aided or unaided, that impacts the processing of linguistic information and which adversely affects performance in the educational environment. This degree ranges from mild to profound, with specific criteria for evaluation and criteria. Students have access to instruction using the method of communication most readily understood by the student. Each student who is Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing shall have the opportunity to develop expressive and receptive language skills using residual hearing, speech reading, manual communication systems, speech, or appropriate amplification. IEP teams consider the communication and language needs of the individual student. A Communication Plan is developed each year at the annual IEP.
Routine checks of hearing aids and external devices of cochlear implants are also completed and students who are identified as Deaf or hard-of-hearing will be screened for Usher Syndrome at least one time between grades 6 and 12 by the itinerant DHH teachers.
Signs and causes of hearing loss:
Causes of hearing loss:
The exact cause of a child’s hearing loss can be difficult to pinpoint. It can be due to genes passed down from the parents; an infection the mother contracted while pregnant; or treatments used to save the life of a very sick baby.
Hearing loss can also occur along with other problems present at birth with the eyes, heart, kidneys etc. Hearing loss cannot be attributed to types of foods, falls, or most illnesses during pregnancy. Often the cause of a child’s hearing loss is unknown.
Your doctor will be able to provide more information on this subject.
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
207 N. San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
National Association of the Deaf:
Jackie Jones, M.S., NBCT
With 30 years in the field, her expertise includes developing student centered programs, teaching D/HH, and providing oversight for the district’s audiology services, interpreters, and deaf education teachers.
Michelle Seal, M.S.
Her reputation as an exceptional teacher has evolved from her unique blend of expertise in the D/HH, English, Reading, and History fields and her passion for meeting the needs of her students. Michelle serves students in the Navarre and Milton area schools.
Anna Medina, M.S.
Her training includes SLP, Early Intervention, and D/HH. Her passion for helping students reach their goals and needs is displayed in her daily work. Anna serves students in the Milton, Pace, and Jay area schools.
Allison Terrell has worked for the Santa Rosa County School District as the county audiologist since 2013. She has been an audiologist for over 17 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and private clinics. She received her undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science from the University of South Alabama in 1995 and her Master’s degree in audiology from the University of Alabama in 1997.