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Modifying Board Games

With
only a few months left of school, spring fever has definitely hit! And when
students are less motivated, what better way to renew their energy than with a
game? Unfortunately, I’ve never found a game that meets my exact needs for any
student. Luckily, every game can be modified!

There
are several games such as Hearing Aid Bingo which is both an app and a physical game and allows students to work
on the names of the parts of their amplification such astone hook, tubing, etc. Adding language frames, as in the examples
below, allows me to simplify or make the game more challenging, depending on
the needs of my student. I can also have students complete a diagram as they get each piece for extra practice. 

For
instance, I may write a frame on the board like, Do you have the part of the hearing aid that__(function)_____? The
student then has the relative clause model and can fill in with the function of
the part while also working on asking questions. A more complex frame may be, Do you have the part of the transmitter that _(function)___ before / after the sound travels through the_(transmitter part)___? This frame includes a relative and a temporal clause and requires
the student to think about how the sound travels as well as the function of the
part that they need. Additionally,
students work on auditory skills while listening to their playing partner use
the same type of language.


Another
way to modify games is to include the students! Rule the Schoolhas scenarios that ask students to think about particular situations in
which listening may be challenging, and state how they could handle such a
challenge. I often pick out the cards that apply to my students but also have
them create their own cards. I now have a bank of cards created by several
students who don’t necessarily know each other, but who are eager to see what
challenges other kids have. This shared experience also inspires students who
may be uncomfortable or unwilling to discuss their own access difficulties.
They become more motivated knowing that their card will be read by other
students with hearing loss and that they may be helping that other person.

And
as always, including peers with typical hearing on occasion is valuable for
everyone. The peers learn about the challenges of hearing loss without directly
focusing on the personal experiences of my students, which creates more
understanding and awareness.

Who’s ready to play?!? 

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Itinerant teachers of the deaf (TOD) provide direct services to children with hearing loss in mainstream schools, consultation to their teachers, and professional development to school staff. Itinerant TODs travel to a child’s neighborhood school to provide one-on-one educational support, foster listening and spoken language development, and help children build social and self-advocacy skills. They also act as a liaison between the family and their mainstream school. Hear Me Out provides a unique forum for these special teachers to share their experiences as they grow as professionals.

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Heather Stinson (CAGS, MED, S/LP-A) received her master’s degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College in 2006 and a graduate certificate in Children, Families, and Schools (with a concentration in research methodology) from the University of Massachusetts in 2012. In addition to her many years of experience working with children with hearing loss who communicate using listening and spoken language, Heather has also worked as a preschool classroom teacher.

Heather has presented both locally and nationally on issues related to mainstreaming students with hearing loss and is a contributing author to Odyssey magazine. Heather currently works as an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Clarke Mainstream Services, a program of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.

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