Auditory Verbal Therapy: Part X
Promote education in regular classrooms with typical hearing peers and with appropriate support services from early childhood onwards.
We're talking mainstreaming. Children who are born deaf can definitely be placed in a regular classroom with hearing peers. This is happening more and more often. Parents and professionals should plan and prepare for this if they think it is a good fit for the child. Many children who are born deaf are also born with other challenges such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy and may require a specialized setting. Work as a team to figure out what is reasonable. Teamwork will be necessary. The team should consist of: the parent, speech therapist, audiologist, classroom teacher, principle, resource teacher, and AV therapist. Am I missing anybody?