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Special Education Characteristics, Accommodations and Strategies

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Safe Place:
Is allowing a student to leave what he/she is doing and go take a break in a pre-designated spot. That gives the student the opportunity to monitor his need to walk away when things are getting heated.

Conductive hearing loss occurs in either the outer or the middle ear. By far the most common condition associated with conductive hearing loss in children is 'glue ear'. In 'glue ear' the eustachian tube becomes obstructed, often by adenoids at the back of the nose and throat, so that air cannot enter the middle ear cavity. As a result, fluid is produced in the cavity and this fluid affects the movements of the ossicles. As time a goes on, the fluid becomes thicker, until it has the consistency of glue. Treatment can involve medication and sometimes surgery. In many cases the condition clears up by itself over time. If the condition is not resolved the surgeon will draw out any fluid from the middle ear cavity by making a tiny incision in the eardrum. This operation is a called a myringotomy. A ventilation tube (grommet) may be inserted. The adenoids may also be removed. Occasionally conductive hearing loss is caused by congenital malformation of the ear.

Sensorineural deafness occurs when there is damage to the inner ear. Conditions affecting the inner ear often have serious implications for hearing and can be caused by genetic factors, illness or accident. It can be mild, moderate, severe or profound.

A mixed hearing loss involves both the middle and inner ear. It is important to realise that children with sensorineural hearing loss are as prone as anyone else to temporary middle ear disorders, causing an additional conductive hearing loss. It is therefore essential that the condition is recognised and dealt with as soon as possible.

This site was created by Ann Kuehnel who is
a classroom teaching in the
Springfield School District,
Springfield, Illinois.