There can be conductive or sensory related hearing losses which are rather common in persons who have Down syndrome. However, the symptoms of this condition can only often be seen in grown-ups. Individuals with Down syndrome often lack advanced communication skills and therefore may not be able to indicate that they are unable to hear. Another risk is that this condition could bring about further speech impairment and most people will misunderstand them to be stubborn because they do not react to anything, whereas in reality, they just cannot hear. Cases of delirium have also been reported because of hearing loss and doctors suggest carrying out a hearing test once every two years to be on the safe side. Have you tried teaching somebody who is differently abled? It can prove to be a challenging task. There could be several types of difficult behavior and the student, be it a child or a grown-up might get frustrated because they realize that they cannot keep up with the pace or comprehend what is being taught. Here are some great, practical tips to avoid such miscommunications and make the education process a simple and fun one for differently abled individuals. 

Use the correct terminology

Every single person that you are attending to needs to feel included and respected. Bear in mind that this requirement remains the same across all age groups. Therefore, when you speak, make sure that all of the students hear words which will give them significance as a person and not their condition. Often, we hear that differently abled students are not as intellectually gifted as ordinary students. This is a stereotype which is harmful and negative. Attempt to break this stereotype, especially in adult learning instances, where the individuals will be mindful of such notions. In fact, you do not have to speak of their condition at all unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. You will be surprised at how talented and smart differently abled individuals are and how perceptive they can be.

Different types of special needs

Different types of needs will call for different types of disability support services Coburg and sometimes different methods of education. Some of the more common conditions that you might encounter are loss of hearing, blindness or other vision impairments, difficulty to read and write such as dyslexia or ADHD, difficulty in moving, various chronic health conditions such as Crohn’s or cancer, mental impairments such as PTSD or depressive disorders, Autism and even brain injuries. You will need to develop a unique approach to each case as they come to you and refrain from using a standard technique, although you can and should adhere to general guidelines on how you can educate these individuals. In other words, keep your base the same but modify your approach to each individual.

Be vigilant to hidden disorders

There may be individuals with disorders that cannot be clearly seen at a glance. For example if somebody has a chronic pain issue or even epilepsy, the details of their condition will not be entirely clear unless you specifically ask them or you experience them going through an episode. Expect these hidden conditions and be prepared for them. Get an accurate medical history from the relevant parties too but while they are with you, pay attention to tell-tale signs that might indicate a problem. This can help avoid miscommunications and also ensure the safety of the differently abled individual.