Mini-Course: Preparing for School-Entry


4 - Teaching a Child with a Cochlear Implant

Teaching strategy: Preteaching

A child with a cochlear implant must work harder than the rest of your students to understand what you say. Therefore, when you introduce new information, the child with a cochlear implant may concentrate on hearing instead of understanding new content.

Introducing new vocabulary, sight-words, and themes prior to beginning a new unit is called preteaching.

  • Preteaching provides a knowledge foundation for a child with a cochlear implant.
  • Preteaching often relies on the participation of the parents, but the same strategies can be adapted for implementation by teacher aides, interns, or older student helpers.
  • Preteaching may help all your students maximize their learning. 

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