Interpreting for DHH Students who

Can Hear Spoken Language AND Need Visual Language Support

Carol Schweitzer, DPI Consultant for Educational Interpreters

Students with hearing loss have different levels of auditory functioning. Many of these students are able to hear and understand spoken language in individual or quiet settings, and structured classroom activities using listening technology. Yet, several of these students find that listening alone does not meet their needs for access to spoken language for ongoing instructional presentations. This may be true for students who; use personal hearing aids, use other listening technology, have cochlear implants, have a progressive hearing loss, or have had a sudden hearing loss. They often need visual language support in the classroom in addition to using their auditory skills. Balancing the auditory and visual needs for these students has an impact on the interpreting service. This workshop addresses how the interpretation might look different for students who can hear spoken language AND need visual language support.

The purpose of this 2-day workshop is to:

  • Review interpreting practices that support listening along with sign language as a visual language support.
  • Practice various forms of interpretation for a variety of student needs
  • Develop an understanding of varied learning styles; both for the interpreter / teacher and the student
  • Practice conversations with general educators regarding the role the interpreter plays with this student based on the student’s abilities to hear language and needs to see language. Educational interpreters and DHH teachers, along with regular education staff, need to have common understanding of how the interpreter will support students who use auditory technology and need visual language access.
  • Create sample IEP statements that address student learning both auditorially and visually and how the interpreter services will be provided meeting student need.

The workshop will provide “hands-on” modeling and practice, as well as collaborative discussion about how interpreting for these students may be different from past practice.

2- Day Workshop

Friday, April 15th 2016 at 1pm

223 West Park Street

Gillett, WI

This is a 2-Day Training:

Friday, April 15th 1PM - 7PM

Saturday, April 16th 9AM - 3:30PM


Cost: $150 per participant

Who should attend:

  • educational interpreters working with students who can hear spoken language AND need visual language support
  • teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Other educators interested in the conversation including such as DHH program coordinators, principals, and directors of special education.


Individuals will be asked to practice ‘modified’ interpretation of sections of the content.