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Amplification Devices

Speakers or a frequency modulation system to amplify the teacher's voice for a student with a hearing disability or difficulty maintaining focus.

 

Allowable on at least one state assessment Allowable on state assessment: This accommodation is allowable on at least one state assessment. See which tests allow this accommodation

Assistive Technology Assistive Technology (AT): This accommodation includes AT. Be sure AT needs are included as accommodations on the IEP and that the PEIMS code reflects this.

Examples Include:

  • Frequency Modulation (FM) systems consist of a microphone used by the teacher, a transmitter, and a receiver used by the student to reduce the interference of background noise and the effect of distance between the parties.

  • Speakers

How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Refer to the student's IEP to determine if an assistive listening device was recommended. 

    Refer to the student's IEP to determine if an assistive listening device was recommended. 

  • 2.

    Discuss with the student (and AI teacher if the student has hearing impairment, if necessary) the best seating in the classroom to reduce background

    Discuss with the student (and AI teacher if the student has hearing impairment, if necessary) the best seating in the classroom to reduce background noise.

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  • 3.

    Find a designated safe place for the equipment to be stored and charged each night.

    Find a designated safe place for the equipment to be stored and charged each night.

  • 4.

    Conduct a listening check of the assistive listening device twice daily. For students who have personal equipment, check this twice daily also. The classroom amplification system

    Conduct a listening check of the assistive listening device twice daily. For students who have personal equipment, check this twice daily also. The classroom amplification system won’t work if the personal equipment is not working.

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  • 5.

    Review proper care and responsibility of the equipment with the student. Determine the child’s level of responsibility for the equipment based on their age and

    Review proper care and responsibility of the equipment with the student. Determine the child’s level of responsibility for the equipment based on their age and development. For example, teach the child to put the receivers on and bring the microphone to the teacher each morning before class begins.

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  • 6.

    Teach and expect students to carry the microphone from class to class and return it to the charger at the end of the day. 

    Teach and expect students to carry the microphone from class to class and return it to the charger at the end of the day.  Receivers must be left at school with the microphone.

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  • 7.

    Develop appropriate goals for increased independence in the use of the amplification device. (For example, some students may be able to tell you if

    Develop appropriate goals for increased independence in the use of the amplification device. (For example, some students may be able to tell you if they need new batteries or if the equipment is not working.)


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  • 8.

    Ask the campus AT specialist and/or IT specialist to make sure you can connect the amplification device to all media you use in your

    Ask the campus AT specialist and/or IT specialist to make sure you can connect the amplification device to all media you use in your classroom. Encourage the student to advocate for this as they are able.

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  • 9.

    Check for understanding often and provide the opportunity for the student to request repeated directions.

    Check for understanding often and provide the opportunity for the student to request repeated directions.

  • 10.

    Monitor the accuracy of student responses when using equipment.

    Monitor the accuracy of student responses when using equipment.

  • 11.

    Share your findings with the student, the educational team, and the family.

    Share your findings with the student, the educational team, and the family.

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Note: Review policy document for allowable use of Amplification Devices during test administration.

State Assessment
Allowability

Some accommodations appropriate for instructional use may not be allowable on a statewide assessment. Select the state assessment to view the implementation policies.

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STAAR 2017

Type: Designated Support 

Assessments: All subjects, all grades

Student Eligibility Criteria: 

  • routinely and effectively uses this accommodation during classroom instruction and testing

STAAR 2018

Type: Accessibility Feature 

Assessments: All subjects, all grades

Student Eligibility Criteria: 

  • available to any student who regularly benefits from the use of these procedures or materials during instruction

same as STAAR

same as STAAR

same as STAAR