Salary: $17.687 - $24,886 (.5 FTE)
* Serve as a liaison between staff and parents to assist in meeting student's unique needs
* Hold group orientations for all staff members on the needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
* Work with student, parents, teachers and other personnel in developing
* Clarify any modifications outlined in a student's IEP.
* Assess student progress and modify current goals and objectives based
upon evaluation of formal test measures, informal inventories and oral
and written language samples.
* Meet regularly with student's support team (classroom teacher, speech pathologist, assistant teacher) to discuss student's needs and upcoming curriculum.
* Foster communication among members of the student's support team.
* Maintain regular contact with parents.
* Ensure that student's amplification is working and/or make referral to an audiologist.
* Provide guidance to staff in the optimal use of FM amplification equipment.
* Set-up and/or monitor personal hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems and/or personal soundfield systems to ensure daily equipment checks.
* Identify the person most appropriate to conduct a daily check of the hearing aid, cochlear implant and FM system, including charging the equipment at the end of the day and developing procedures for coping with equipment malfunctions.
* Provide the necessary tools for ensuring the equipment is in working order (e.g., signal check, extra batteries, troubleshooting guide, cords).
* Send equipment in for annual maintenance.
* Seek knowledgeable outside assistance when a problem cannot be solved internally.
* Assess noise levels in the classroom and suggest acoustical modifications for managing the auditory environment.
* Provide direct service to the student including: (1) Pull-out sessions in which the teacher of the deaf provides support for the classroom curriculum with pre- and post-teaching. (Pre-teaching means the child is introduced to key concepts and vocabulary before it is introduced in the class.) (2) Push-in sessions in which the teacher of the deaf comes into classroom and works with the student in a variety of ways to assist curriculum learning.
* Model successful instructional techniques.
* Provide basic support in fostering social integration between students with hearing loss and hearing peers.
* Conduct orientation to acquaint hearing students with the nature of hearing loss (upon request by the teacher and with the approval of the student and parents).
* Establish a system and policy requiring teachers to make every effort to use only captioned videos.
* Assess areas of instruction including auditory training, communication skills generally, speech development and remediation, written and oral language, speech, reading (where appropriate), vocabulary development, reading and study skills, academic support, and self-advocacy.
* Provide and inform parents of resources, agencies and organizations that might help them as a family.
* Disseminate useful handouts to staff and provide information of upcoming conferences.
Montana Special Education Teacher License, completion of training program for a Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of HearingApplication Procedure: