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Children with conductive hearing loss may have difficulty  listening to, remembering and following instructions. For this reason it is suggested:

  • the child’s attention is gained prior to speaking;
  • instructions be kept brief and repeated;
  • point to objects and use gestures, and
  • provide individual support for children with trouble listening to and remembering instructions.

This individual support could be provided through peer tutoring, the buddy system, parents, Indigenous Education Workers and many other care givers. This is supported by the research of Anne Lowell in 1994 which highlighted the important impact of Indigenous Education Workers, parents and the general community, being actively involved in the education of Indigenous children. While little research is yet recorded, it also suggests that the children from different ethnic backgrounds with a history of conductive hearing loss will also benefit from the individual support of ethnic education workers and other members of the community.

Other ways that you can assist a child with conductive hearing loss include:

  • face children when talking and avoid talking to the blackboard;
  • use facial expressions and avoid covering your mouth with your hand or a book when talking;
  •  write important instructions on the blackboard;
  • establish classroom routines;
  • use teaching aids wherever possible;
  •  create small areas in the classroom where small groups and individual interactions can take place;
  • encourage children with conductive hearing loss to let you know when they are having difficulty hearing, and
  • consider the use of one of the amplification devices.

In the case of bilingual and bidialectal children, they may need to be provided with support in their home language. This support can be provided through involving parents, older siblings and Indigenous and ethnic education workers who can assist with the diagnosis of a child’s general speech and language problem.