Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

Jennifer Kelly, M.S., CED

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Specialist


My Background Information:

  • I hold a master’s degree in Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and a Pennsylvania Instructional II Certification. 
  • I am certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).
  • This is my 14th year serving students with hearing loss.

Students I Serve:

  • The students I serve have unique educational needs due to their hearing loss.
  • Some students use amplification including hearing aids or cochlear implants, and hearing assistive technology (HAT) such as digital modulation (DM) systems while others use American Sign Language (ASL).

My Role:

  • Travel to all the schools within the district providing instruction and consultation for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Assist deaf/hoh students through pre-teaching, vocabulary building, remedial work, or any other help they may need
  • Ensure student equipment, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and/or DM systems are working properly
  • Work collaboratively with teachers regarding teaching strategies and best practices for working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Create positive attitudes towards individuals with hearing loss within the school and community
  • Support communication and linguistic development through spoken language and/or sign language
  • Assess audiological implications related to speech and language development
  • Develop appropriate IEP goals related to skill deficits that have occurred as a result of the student's hearing loss
  • Provide specialized instruction related directly to the areas of need identified by present levels of academic and functional performance
  • Promote a proactive partnership with the student to develop their self-esteem and encourage positive attitudes toward learning
  • Educate and coach staff on the use of hearing assistive technology

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