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What is Deaf Education and the Importance of Special Edu?

What is Deaf Education

Today there are lots of schools for the deaf in every country because the education of a deaf person is as important as a normal-hearing person. Deaf education is the education of students with any type of hearing impairment.

There are two general methods of special education manualism and oralism.  Manualism is instruction using sign language oralism uses spoken language. 

Sign language is a main tool of teaching in Special education which is used by all teachers (from this category) all over the world to teach their deaf students. 

Why deaf education is Important

Special education is a very important pillar in our society. Special education focuses on the need of persons with any disability (hearing, visual, physical, and mental). 

Deaf education could be very difficult without special schools. These schools and deaf teachers play a very important role to educate a deaf person.  Deaf education is important for the deaf person to have their identities in society. These students can survive more independently in society if they are educated. 

History of Deaf Education

The history of special education in the US began in the early 1800s when an oral school was established by William Bolling and John Braidwood and for the deaf and dumb a manual school was established by Thomas Hopkin Gallaudet and Laurent. 

Special education Teachers

Teachers are qualified teachers with education of hearing impairments. They provide support to such students and their families and other professionals who are involved with child’s education. They use their teaching methods to educate the child with more understanding. A teacher of a deaf child should have skills like( professional, lesson plans, sign language, etc..) Teachers may teach a wide range of subjects .they may use a variety of sign languages to teach and communicate with students. 

Teaching strategies for deaf students

  1. Make sure the student and teacher’s view is clear there is a clear line of sight. A student can clearly see his teacher’s facial expression and hand movements.
  2. There should be less background noise in the classroom. There should not be any distractions for students in a classroom.
  3. Give hands out to the student.
  4. Use Visual material as much as you can like (flashcards and videos).
  5. Use all available resources.
  6. Arrange seats in a circular pattern so students can see other students.
  7. Plan your lesson according to students’ needs.