Social and emotional skills are generally learned through listening, communicating and interacting with others. Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) often lack ease of communication and opportunities for social interaction that are important for developing a positive self-concept. They also miss out on incidental social-skill learning.

This area of the expanded core curriculum includes:

  • Self-Awareness (Personal Qualities)
  • Self-Management
  • Support Networks
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Decision Making
  • Social Awareness
  • Social Interaction, Including Conversation Skills
  • Conflict Resolution

(Source: The Expanded Core Curriculum For Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)

Resources

Visual Language and Visual Learning: Raising the Whole Child

This document from Gallaudet University provides a review of research on social-emotional development in children from birth to 12th grade, particularly focusing on children who are DHH. The document includes recommendations for parents and educators.

Supporting Success for Children With Hearing Loss: Social Skills

Supporting Success for Children With Hearing Loss provides information and resources related to students’ development of appropriate social skills.