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DHH Standard 1: Characteristics of Learners

Candidates demonstrate knowledge of etiologies related to hearing loss, the research regarding access to language and theories of learner characteristics that impact the unique needs for education, language and cognitive development, as well as social growth of students, ages birth to 22, who are deaf or hard-of-hearing including students who are deaf-blind, and/or said learners with additional disabilities.

Characteristics of learners who are deaf or hard of hearing are discussed within the context of every graduate level Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS) course.Prerequisite courses CDDS 139 and CDDS 141 Deaf Children and Their Parents provide an overview.In-depth information regarding etiologies of hearing loss and the impact on a learner are demonstrated in the Case Study project in CDDS 202 Aural Rehabilitation.Current research in all areas related to students who are deaf and hard of hearing, including those who are deaf-blind and have additional disabilities will be the basis of instruction in the CDDS 200 Research class.Signature projects in CDDS 263 Seminar: Language and CDDS 264:  Seminar School Subjects will include differentiated instruction within the classroom instruction and incorporate theories of language and cognitive development. CDDS 262 Seminar: Speech addresses specific communication strategies for deaf-blind students.Field work experiences, CDDS 260, CDDS 258 and CDDS 268 provide opportunities for applying theory to practice in a variety of educational environments.

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