ONE TO ONE COMMUNICATION WITH DEAF/HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS
Many hearing students benefit when speakers face them; speak clearly without rushing and
use gestures and other visual aids to enhance the message. For Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HOH)
students, these things are essential. The important thing is to be a visual communicator.
- Converse in a quiet place with few distractions, when possible.
- Maintain eye contact with the student. If you have to turn away, stop speaking until
eye contact is reestablished.
- Speak clearly, but do not speak rapidly or exaggerate mouth movements. Do not
demonstrate and talk at the same time.
- Be sure nothing is obstructing the student’s view of your face (e.g., standing in
front of a sunny window or in the dark when using a projection screen).
- If the student does not understand, repeat your message. If the student still does
not understand, rephrase your message.
- Writing notes and keyboarding back and forth are acceptable ways of communicating.
- Speak directly to the student not the interpreter or captioner, when one is present.
- Use body language, facial expressions, and gestures.
To contact a Deaf/Hard of Hearing student, use:
Cell phone text messaging
Relay North Dakota – call 711 or 1-800-366-6888
Pepnet at http://22.214.171.124/cover.htm, offers a free course entitled
“Orientation to Serving College
Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." The course takes approximately one hour to do and includes a Certificate of