Have you ever thought what it would be like to be deaf? Not a very pleasant thought at all. I thought about it for quite a while as I was wondering if it would be better to just be born deaf, or become deaf after you learn to speak, not that deaf people are given a choice, but if I had to choose I think I would go with after I learned to speak.
But then again maybe never being able to hear is better than being able to and then for some reason or another loosing that ability. Children who are born deaf lead a very different life than their hearing counterparts, while still being able to participate in a lot of regular childhood activities some things are still not as easy for them or as available.
Education for deaf people has certainly come a very long way over the years. There are now deaf programs in the regular school system that were unavailable years ago, parental classes are another advancement that enables parents to communicate with their child a lot better than in previous years.
The deaf student can also be assisted by an interpreter that can accompany them to their different classes and make their educational experience much better. Colleges and universities for the deaf are also available to those who wish to pursue their education.
There are also several Universities and colleges offering courses to the hearing community that wish to teach the hearing impaired. While becoming a teacher may have its challenges becoming a teacher of the hearing impaired can be extremely challenging. As deafness may cause significant educational and social problems, it takes a teacher skilled in the special support that may be needed to help develop language and communication skills, as well as speech and sign language.
So if you are considering becoming a teacher of the hearing impaired, it would be useful to visit a special school or resource base for deaf pupils, local authorities or heads of services for the deaf can give you information about these schools. Now if you are interested in training to become a teacher of the deaf, you must first obtain a teaching degree, then gain some classroom experience before undertaking the training course to become a teacher of the of the hearing impared.
All teachers of the deaf must have special training and qualifications, a positive attitude, high expectations and respect for the student, a balanced and informed range of communication approaches used in the education of the deaf.
Being deaf brings its own problems to the student, the lack of communication with other children and their lack of understanding may impair the students learning abilities and the deaf student often feels segregated. Although some students can overcome some of these problems a good thing to keep in mind when dealing with the hearing impaired is the fact that you must face the person directly when you are speaking to them. Remember the only way for them to gather information is visual. As they live in a very quiet world.