Teachers Plan Trips to Help Hearing Impaired Kids

By Galloway, Kristine | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), November 14, 2016 | Go to article overview

Teachers Plan Trips to Help Hearing Impaired Kids


Galloway, Kristine, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


Online hed: LCSD1 teachers plan trips to help hearing impaired students Print hed: Teachers plan trips to help hearing impaired students At a glance Three Laramie County School District 1 teachers for the deaf and hard of hearing recently received a grant they are using to take their students on field trips this year. Socializing is more difficult for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and the teachers hope this will help them build friendships. Anyone in the hearing-impaired community is welcome at the events.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle CHEYENNE - It's not easy for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing to find friends or learn to socialize outside their family.

That's why Jennifer Trujillo, a Laramie County School District 1 teacher for the deaf and hearing-impaired, applied for a grant to provide those kids with more opportunities to socialize.

She and her fellow deaf and hearing-impaired teachers, Angela Joannides and Kris Frey, are using the $1,574 grant to plan those activities and provide transportation for the kids. Trujillo said LCSD1 has about 60 deaf and hearing-impaired students at 25 different schools.

"A lot of our kids are at different schools all around the district, and sometimes they're the only kids with hearing loss or hearing aids in their school," Trujillo said.

Joannides said that leaves the students with limited opportunities to socialize with each other, and that while they can do some socializing with kids who can hear, it's not the same experience.

"The hearing impairment impacts language and communication development, so we want to provide them many opportunities to identify with their deaf and hard-of-hearing counterparts in a natural environment," she said.

The first planned event is to take the kids swimming on Nov. 29. The teachers also will take the kids on an annual field trip to Casper, coordinated by the Wyoming Department of Education. …

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