The Ethical Practice of Working with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

3 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Continuing Education Department



The Ethical Practice of Working with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

As clinicians working with schools, students who are d/Deaf/Hard of Hearing will undoubtedly show up on caseloads. This course will classify hearing loss through distinct characteristics. It will review ethical practices in working with these students as it relates to amplification decisions, ensuring educational needs are met, and through working with an interpreter. 


Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Categorize hearing loss by 3 distinct features 
  • Appraise 3 considerations when working with a student using an interpreter
  • Describe 4 educational impacts of hearing loss on students in mainstream classrooms

Instructor: Louise Sattler

Louise Sattler, NCSP, School Psychologist

Louise received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her graduate degree in psychology and bilingual/multicultural education and Deaf education from Penn State.  Louise has created many programs and products to help people who live, love, and work with people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She has trained thousands of first responders on helping people with special needs during disasters and/or medical emergencies.

  • Financial Disclosures: Louise has been a contracted school psychologist with Presence for 2.5 years.  She is the founder of Signing Families™, an instructional and training company specializing in helping first responders to assist people who are Deaf.
  • Non-Financial Disclosures: Louise has appeared on many media networks (print, online, and television- including Forbes, USA TODAY, etc.). Her spouse has a hearing loss and she has many Deaf friends. 

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Adaptive Physical Education Specialists, Speech-language pathologists, School Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, Educational Diagnosticians

Education Level: Introductory

Time Ordered Agenda: 

  • Introductions and Disclosures (10 minutes) 
  • Overview of Hearing Loss (20 minutes)

  • The d/Deaf/Hard of Hearing School Experience (27 minutes)

  • Working Successfully with d/Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students (27 minutes)

  • Course Conclusion and Next Steps (6 minutes)

Contact Hours: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Cancellation Policy: 

Continuing education courses are offered at no cost to contracted and employed Presence providers. In the event a course is canceled, the participants will have the option to attend a rescheduled event offered within 60 days of the canceled course.

Please note: Registered participants who register for live courses but do not attend or cancel with less than 24 hours notice may have future course registration restricted after three documented incidents.

Accessibility Policy: 

Our courses are intended to be accessible by addressing the needs of not only people with mobility impairments, but also those with sensory impairments (i.e., hearing, speech, vision), and emotional or learning disabilities. Available accommodations include but are not limited to Closed Captioning, color contrast, transcription of auditory and visual information, as well as adjustable font sizes. Please contact the Continuing Education team at to request additional accommodations.

Complaint Policy:

Any course concerns should be directed to the Continuing Education team at within two weeks of course completion.

Completion Requirements: 

To earn a course certificate, participants are required to complete the course, pass a quiz with 80% accuracy, (3 attempts are allowed), and complete a course feedback survey.

Please download your certificate upon completion of the course.



By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate The Ethical Practice of Working with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

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