Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

ESU 9 Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TODHH) serve deaf or hard of hearing students ages birth to 21 in home-based, early childhood, general education, special education and transition settings. A TODHH works as part of a team and is responsible for identifying programming needs for students with a hearing loss. The teachers serve as a resource to all team members including parents, instructional and support staff, and students to provide unique information on the impact of a hearing loss on language, communication, academic and functional skill development

Services Provided:

A Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing typically provides direct instructional support in areas directly impacted by a hearing loss such as:  listening, communication, language, vocabulary, reading readiness skill development, and self advocacy.  Indirect services include providing staff development and consultation to teachers, interpreters / transliterators / transcribers, parents and other staff; ensuring adequate and appropriate access to classroom information, including access to captioned media; supporting the maintenance of amplification equipment; advising on environmental adaptations; monitoring students’ functioning in the school setting; supporting parents in communication system decisions and development; and assisting students and families with community resources related to hearing loss.

TODHH assist with Tier 2 and Tier 3 in the NeMTSS system.

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How the TODHH connects into your school

Flowchart of DHH teacher connects into school

Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) Specialists

Lori Niederklein
Cindy Koch
Heather Witte
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