The Dragonfly Story

Indigenous Education Workers

Indigenous Education Workers will be familiar with the child’s home language and able to provide invaluable support to the child and class room teacher during:

  • language, reading and spelling activities;
  • provide appropriate liaison between the school, home and the community, and
  • may be more familiar with the signs and symptoms of otitis media and the common indicators of conductive hearing loss.

Apart from these benefits, Indigenous children with conductive hearing loss may find it easier to confide or relate to the Indigenous Education Worker. Indigenous Education Workers also have a greater awareness of cultural issues and practices within a child’s community. This awareness may help identify the cause of problems an individual child may be experiencing and help suggest the most appropriate intervention action. If Indigenous Education Workers are not available within your community, consider asking some of the parents within the community if they could give some of their time to work with the children in your class. If help is available within the community, consider scheduling language and literacy activities at times when these helpers are available, be sure to take the time to explain to these helpers the problems caused by otitis media and the ways they can assist, at the same time be prepared to listen to what the Indigenous Education Workers and community helpers have to say about how the school can do things to better support Indigenous children with conductive hearing loss.