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 D.L., Massachussetts

Why is it that some schools include socialization in the IEP and some do not ? Shouldn’t it be included?

Question from D.L., Massachussetts. Posted February 12, 2013.
Response from Marc Marschark - NTID

Well, I think so. But, IEPs are not solely determined by the school, and many of them may not be aware of the socialization challenges of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. If a parent thinks that there are socialization issues that might influence their child’s academic functioning, they definitely should have it included in the IEP. Some schools may not see socialization as an academic issue (after all, they may point out, it is an Individualized Education Program). Parents and/or the school psychologist may need to education them!