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It's Back to School Time

legs and booksIt's back to school time already! Whether your child is moving into a mainstream school for the first time, starting high school, or just returning for another year, the back-to-school season can be busy, exciting and sometimes stressful for students and their families. These resources provide self-advocacy tips, information to give teachers and school administrators and checklists to help you get ready to send your children back to school.

Building Bridges the First Week of School Kelly Kodadek O’Connell, M.E.D., gives a teacher's perspective on making connections with parents, students and other professionals at school that many parents may also find beneficial.

Give this to Your Teacher: AG Bell has developed some templates that outline key information that provides teachers with a better understanding of a child's hearing loss, and some easy ways to avoid some traditional obstacles.

Must-Have School Gear: For children beginning a new school year, especially in mainstream schools, these technology options and tips will help get a child off to a great start.

Advocacy and Your Child's Education:  The Parent Advocacy Training (P.A.T.) program helps parents build knowledge and confidence as they become advocates for their children living with hearing loss and work with local school districts and service providers.

Advice from an Educational Audiologist:  What equipment, supplies should I send with my child to school? What information will the educational audiologist need to know about my child?  What else should I know as a parent new to this transition?

Get in the Game: Self-confidence, team building and an active lifestyle are benefits of sports activities for any child, but they can also help a deaf or hard-of-hearing child learn new words and practice listening in a new environment.

On Batteries:batteries

  • Practice changing batteries at home.
  • Schedule regular battery changing.
  • Make battery care part of your daily "What did you do at school today?" chat.
  • Teach your child how to recognize when their batteries need to be changed and to ask someone for help.
  • Practice what they will say when that happens and discuss who they might have to tell.
  • Make a plan with your child about where extra batteries will be kept and inform his/her teacher.