Seven Tips on Speaking to the Hearing Impaired
On Dec 3, 2018 I gave a presentation at GATE Academy to K-8th graders on Seven Tips on Speaking to the Hearing Impaired. It was exceptionally rewarding and inspiring, as addressing children always is. This topic is dear to me as I have struggled through classrooms and life with only half my hearing. It took me a lifetime to learn how to advocate for my needs, or even just to understand that I had special needs and not to be ashamed about that. In teaching these kids how to speak to someone with special needs hearing, I hoped to accomplish two very important things.
- To teach them that we all have needs, and some of us special needs, and that that’s ok.
- Getting an early acceptance of yourself and ability to speak up for what you need is a gift. This is healthy self-advocacy.
At this school, every six weeks the children deliver an oral presentation on a topic they have researched and written a presentation on. It turns out that these same seven tips are also excellent public speaking guidance! As I listened to their presentations the week after my presentation, I certainly heard a difference. This is the gift of accepting and presenting yourself.
Please read below to learn more about the 'Seven Tips' and Thank you GATE Academy for a wonderful experience!
Seven Tips On Speaking to the Hearing Impaired
- Look right in the eyes of the person you’re talking to, so they can read your lips
- Keep the view of your mouth unobstructed
- Speak at a reasonable pace
- Project out- use the octave in your voice that will get your voice the furthest out. Is that a low sound? Is that a high sound?
- Use body language and gestures
- Politely repeat keywords
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