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Child's Care Team

What is the educational audiologist’s role?

Member of the child’s educational team to advocate for their hearing needs.


The role of an educational audiologist is to ensure that students with hearing loss and auditory processing disorder have access to auditory information in the classroom.  This includes the voice of their teacher as well as that of their classmates. The educational audiologist evaluates a student’s auditory needs in their environment/classroom to determine what, if any, equipment needs to be used (including personal hearing aids/CI’s and HAT/FM systems). The audiologist will also evaluate if any acoustical changes or teaching strategies can help with the child's ability to access sound in the classroom.


See the educational audiologists full scope of practice description in the attached document from the Educational Audiology Association, published in August 2019


What is the diagnostic/private outside audiologist’s role?

Member of the child’s educational team to identify and monitor their hearing loss or auditory processing disorder.


The role of a private audiologist is to identify a student’s hearing loss, treat the hearing loss with equipment such as personal hearing aids or cochlear implants, and perform routine audiological assessments and adjustments to personal equipment. It is recommended that students with hearing loss receive audiological assessments at least once a year in order to monitor for possible changes in hearing and update hearing aid/implant programming as needed.


What is the teacher of the deaf’s role?

Member of the child’s educational team to advocate for their hearing needs and educational goals.


The role of the teacher of the deaf is to assist in the development of communication skills and facilitate personal, social, and intellectual development in students with an educationally significant hearing loss. Not all children with hearing loss qualify for teacher of the deaf services. The teacher of the deaf is responsible for assistance with setting academic goals and working on adaptive/self-advocacy skills of the student.


What is the speech pathologist’s role?

Member of the child’s educational team to combine communication goals with academic and social goals in order to prevent or treat the development of speech and language disorders.


The role of the speech pathologist is to help students with hearing loss develop, understand, and use basic speech and language concepts. Speech services vary depending on an individual student’s needs. These services also integrate classroom objectives and support reading and writing in order to increase the students’ understanding of texts and lessons.  


What is the special educator’s role?

Member of the child’s educational team who works closely with the general education teacher in order to modify or adapt lesson plans to the needs of the student.


The role of the special educator varies according to the individual needs of the student and how the special educator and general education teacher work together. The special educator may review classroom materials or plan one-on-one instruction for the student and monitor their progress depending on the student’s needs and educational goals. It is also the special educator’s responsibility to regularly develop, review, and modify a student’s IEP or hold meetings to discuss these plans with parents, teachers, and other members of the child’s care team. 

Parents and caregivers are also an imperative part of their child’s 504/IEP team!  Parents should feel comfortable raising questions or concerns, and giving opinions on their child’s care.