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 DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

​​DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

 Overview

The Placer County Office of Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program serves eligible students with a documented hearing loss by providing specially designed instruction and services to ensure that deaf or hard of hearing children have access to their educational program for communication, social and academic development.

The DHH program is designed to address the unique needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing from age 3 through their school years. Students must be referred by their district of residence. For additional assistance, contact the Placer County SELPA at 530.886.5873. DHH services for children under the age of 3 are provided through the Placer County Office of Education Infant Development Program.

Special education assessments a​​re conducted by a multidisciplinary team and services are specified in the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students who have been identified by the IEP team, and require specialized deaf and hard of hearing services, are served by PCOE credentialed DHH teachers. These students may be in district general education settings, charter school programs, district special education programs, county special education programs, Home Hospital Instruction (HHI), or in the PCOE Regional DHH program.​

 Information

 Itinerant DHH

Itinerant Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

​​Itinerant DHH teachers serve deaf and hard of hearing students in district general education settings, charter school programs, district special education programs, county special education programs and Home and in Home Hospital Instruction (HHI).

  • Services include:

    • District services to students in any of the following areas:
      • Academics
      • Language and communication development
      • Compensatory/self-advocacy skills
      • Listening skills
      • College and adult life readiness​

  • Consultative/collaborative services to other professionals and paraprofessionals to support the student, which may include:

    • Speech, speech reading or auditory training
    • Instruction in oral, sign and/or written language development
    • Adaptation of curriculum, media and/or learning environment
    • Student self-advocacy
    • Transitioning to adult life​
  • Recommendations and consultation to district staff regarding educational sign language interpreting services​
  • Consultation with educational audiologist regarding audiological information or hearing concerns
  • Collaboration with educational audiologist and other school staff regarding monitoring and correct, consistent use of amplification equipment (hearing aids, FM systems, computer connectivity)
  • Consultation with IEP teams regarding DHH specialized services, goals, classroom accommodations/modifications, or other student needs
  • Consultation with families regarding the students' hearing levels, educational needs and other community supports

 Regional DHH

Regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

In the DHH Preschool Program students are exposed to a language-enriched environment focusing on developing individual strengths and building community skills, and are actively encouraged to become independent thinkers while participating in informal and formal activities. The program emphasizes a Total Communication approach. Sign language training may be provided and social interactions with deaf and hard of hearing role models are encouraged. Parent participation is an important component of the program.​

DHH Elementary Program (K-8th grade) provides a general education framework with special education services, which may include full or partial day general education classes with interpreter support and/or specialized instruction depending upon individual identified needs. Students have opportunities for social interactions with both hearing and deaf and hard of hearing peers and staff.

DHH High School Program (9th-12th grade) provides a general education framework with special education services, which may include full or partial day general education classes with interpreter support and/or specialized instruction.​

Educational Audiologists serve DHH students in district and county settings. 

  • Services include:

    • ​​​​​Interpretation of audiological results and providing training to parents, students, special education staff, classroom teachers, and other personnel on hearing levels
    • Consultation with families and educational staff regarding strategies and accommodations to address students educational needs as a result of hearing loss or other auditory dysfunction
    • Monitoring hearing levels, auditory behavior and functional performance with and without hearing equipment
    • Monitoring of hearing equipment (hearing aids, cochlear implants, hearing assistive technology)
    • Monitoring students ability to use hearing and hearing equipment in the classroom, including analysis of and recommendations regarding the classroom acoustics and listening environment
    • Assessment, selection, implementation and monitoring of assistive technology for listening in the classroom setting
    • Consult with IEP teams in the evaluation, educational placement and accommodations for hearing loss or other auditory dysfunction​

 Itinerant Educational Audiologists

​Itinerant Educational Audiologists​


Itinerant Educational Audiologists serve all DHH students in district and county settings.

  • ​Services include:
    • ​​Interpretation of audiological results and providing training to parents, students, special education staff, classroom teachers, and other personnel on hearing levels
    • Consultation with families and educational staff regarding strategies and accommodations to address students educational needs as a result of hearing loss or other auditory dysfunction
    • ​Monitoring of hearing equipment (hearing aids, cochlear implants, hearing assistive technology)
    • Monitoring students ability to use hearing and hearing equipment in the classroom, including analysis of and recommendations regarding the classroom acoustics and listening environment
    • Assessment, selection, implementation and monitoring of assistive technology (such as FM systems) for listening in the classroom setting
    • Consult with IEP teams in the evaluation, educational placement and accommodations for hearing loss or other auditory dysfunction
    • Monitoring hearing levels, auditory behavior and functional performance with and without hearing equipment​​

 Resources

Sign Language Dictionaries/Fingerspelling​

​Parent Educational Tools

​Insur​​ance

Advocacy & Deaf Association

​Interpreting Services

​Post-Secondary Deaf Education

​Service Dogs

​Video Relay Services

​Audiology, Hearing Aids, Medical Information

Closed Captioning Services

 Parent Feedback

The Placer County Office of Education Special Education Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Program is seeking parent input as we explore future facilities questions for our growing program. Before we set our “sites” on the future, we would like to gather information from our parent stakeholders. We appreciate your input on how we can grow our program in a way that maximizes the potential of our students and addresses the rapid growth of our program. Contact SELPA Executive Director Troy Tickle at ttickle@placercoe.k12.ca.us with any questions.

Parent Input Meeting

  • Monday, October 7, 2019
  • 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Ophir Cafeteria, 1373 Lozanos Rd, Newcastle, CA 95658

 FAQ's

WHERE ARE DHH STUDENT LOCATIONS?

Students are taught in district general education settings, charter school programs, district special education programs, county special education programs, Home Hospital Instruction (HHI), or in the PCOE Regional DHH program.​​​​​

DOES PCOE OFFER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES?

PCOE has a department focused on providing a wide variety of assistive technology devices to help children excel on an academic and personal level. From adaptive desks to special computer software, we have the tools your child deserves.​

I HAVE AN INFANT WITH A DISABILITY. DOES PCOE OFFER SUPPORT?​

PCOE offers amazing support and services for infants with disabilities. Our team works with the family to establish the proper development of their child. Our relationship-based approach guides children and parents through normal everyday activities, and ensures they're ready for the next phase of development.​​

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    "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world"​

    ​-Malala Yousafzai