Methods of communication used in educating the hearing impaired children in an inclusive class in Kambui primary, Kiambu district-Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open & Distance Learning
The researcher sought to find out the communication methods used by teachers of the hearing impaired children. Communication can be affected because a child is unable to hear clearly the spoken message. Persons with hearing impairment can be classified into two main groups that are hard of hearing and deaf Persons who are hard of hearing have residual hearing and are able to perceive spoken language. Those who are deaf are unable to perceive some spoken language or sound around them. The researcher used the questionnaires, one for the teachers of hearing impaired and the other one for the hearing impaired children. The method used to select those to fill the questionnaires was sampling. The researcher targeted twenty pupils’ ad ten teachers. All the pupils responded and only nine teachers gave the filled forms back. Communication involves two or more persons that are able to use a communication system that is understood by both. It is common for the hearing impaired children to have difficult in communication because of problems in the acquisition, comprehension, production and use of information. Children with communication difficulties experiences serious problems which interfere with their educational, psychological and social development. The researcher recommends that teachers should have in service courses, seminars and workshop to help them be able to cater for children with special needs in Education the public should be made aware of the children with Special Needs in Education through the churches and chiefs Barraza’s by the teachers of Special Needs. Children who are hard of hearing should be assisted with hearing aids and the deaf to be taken for courses and seminars on Kenyan sign language. The researcher showed that teachers have skills on how to handle learners with hearing impairment. Also lack of teaching aids and equipment since the hearing impaired children depend on their vision. Lack of proper communication methods makes it difficult for the hearing impaired children to interact socially with the hearing peer’s siblings and parents. Deaf children need to be exposed to sign language or gestures both at home and at school.
A Research Report Submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Degree of Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education of Kampala International University
Communication, Educating, Hearing impaired children, Kambui primary, Kiambu district Kenya