Author: Eleanor T. Robertson, Ph.D. Director, School Psychology, Trinity University

Many students with disabilities need to plan ahead for transitions. The student with a hearing impairment will especially need more time to locate your office, get settled, and begin counseling.


  • Allow extra time for class changes and getting to appointments. Permit the student to leave early for the next class.
  • In counseling discussions, focus on preparing for changes as a life-long task.
  • If you are expecting a student with a hearing impairment, leave your door open since the child may not be able to hear you say, “Come in.” Also, closed doors are interpreted in the Deaf Community as signifying isolation and a closing off of communication (Olkin, 1999).