Body language, facial expressions, and gestures are all an essential part of daily conversation that is often taken for granted. All three of these things can help relate how the speaker is feeling to the listener. For many students who are hard of hearing or deaf, non-verbal communication becomes critical. It provides extra support to help determine what has been said. Teaching students the importance of non-verbal communication can help support their confidence with spoken language. It is not only important to teach the uses of body language, facial expressions, and gestures in the classroom, but to model them as well. Teachers should use non-verbal communication techniques on a daily basis to help support subject content (Peake, 2005). Pointing out and explaining non-verbal cues also allows students to expand this awareness into social situations outside the classroom.
Chapter 1: The Spirit of Inclusion
Chapter 3: Technological and Medical Interventions
Chapter 4: Teaching Strategies and Accommodations
Chapter 5: Activities
Chapter 6: Social Skills
Chapter 7: Counseling Students with Hearing Impairment
Chapter 8: Working with Families