Does this sound familiar?
Pretend you understand even when you do not. Fail to respond to your own name. Hope nobody notices, that nobody laughs. Try desperately, desperately, to make sure nobody ever finds out how little you understand.
This was my reality for my entire K-12 education. I had no idea what was going on and I was convinced it was all my fault when I missed due dates for assignments or failed classes. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how much I had been failed by the educational system. I didn’t learn my multiplication tables until college. It would be easy to blame it on a particular communication method, but the truth is more complicated than that. Access to communication is not simply adding an interpreter, captioning, or hearing aids. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t sign. It was that I didn’t have effective communication and more than that, nobody was planning for me to achieve effective communication. Now, I want to help YOUR child achieve effective communication in school and thrive.
How can you have effective learning without effective communication? Without effective communication, how can learners make any progress on their IEP goals? Communication is the foundation for which all other learning develops. It is possibly the single most important part of a deaf or hard of hearing child’s education. Yet, not all states use “Communication Plans” for deaf and hard of hearing learners. Therefore, Signs of Communication has developed this Communication Plan template for your use in IEP plans and meetings. You got this! Feel free to reach out to me for support or to share your victory!