Essay on Hearing Loss And A Speech Disorder
Michael who is an only child and is five years of age entering the school setting for the first time as a kindergartener has recently been diagnosed with hearing loss and a speech disorder. He convenes with a speech therapist 3x a week because he hasn’t learned to speak properly. His parents are worried about his placement in school and wants for him to be evaluated by a Psychologist because of their concern of their son not being able to make friends and their deep concern of his education level; Michael hasn’t displayed any progress in learning letters or numbers. Other concerns of the parent are they do not want Michael labeled and want him to have education take place in a regular classroom setting.
Michael also has difficulty communicating and playing with neighborhood kids although he seems to do well in small settings such as “playdates”. Other children are not responding to his communication style.
The official definition a hearing impairment by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is ““a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification.” The phrase “with or without amplification” is significant as it indicates that a hearing aid will not provide sufficient accommodation so that the student can succeed in the classroom (specialeducationguide.com).
According to our books, children who cannot hear speech sounds, learning a spoken…