Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from K.B., Vermont

I am looking for a curriculum or program for teaching social communication and beginning advocacy skills to elementary students. All I find are either checklists and assessments for D/HH, or programs written for kids on the Spectrum.

Question from K.B., Vermont. Posted January 14, 2013.
Response from Carrie Davenport - Ohio School for the Deaf

Iowa’s Expanded Core Curriculum for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing covers eight content areas, including Self-Determination and Advocacy and Social-Emotional Skills. Examples of skill areas under Self-Determination and Advocacy are community advocacy and using interpreters and transliterators. The Social-Emotional Skills area includes self-management, personal responsibility, and social interaction including conversational skills. However, I am not aware of any instructional programs in these areas.

It sounds as though you are familiar with some of the checklists/inventories available, but for others who may be interested, the Hands & Voices website has an Advocacy section on the Topics webpage. Among articles and personal stories, click on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Self Advocacy Inventory to find the Informal Inventory of Independence and Self-Advocacy Skills for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students. Also available is the Minnesota Social Skills Checklist for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing at www.successforkidswithhearingloss.com.