Would you make a good lipreading teacher?
Lipreading teachers work with people who are hard of hearing or deaf and who want to communicate with speech, lipreading and, where possible, listening. The work of the lipreading teacher is outlined below in the next section on this page.
Why become a lipreading teacher?
Many deafened and hard of hearing people have found lipreading classes to be of great benefit. Lipreading classes can help people to develop lipreading and many other useful communication skills and tactics to use in difficult situations.
Lipreading classes are also friendly, supportive and informal, enabling people to share problems caused by their deafness and also tactics which they have found useful. Many people attending lipreading classes find that their confidence improves and that they become much less isolated.
Lipreading classes can help people who use hearing aids and cochlear implants to gain more benefit from them.
Lipreading teachers should provide information about useful equipment (for example for the television and telephone); statutory and voluntary services; and also national and local organisations.
Lipreading teachers should have a mature outlook and a warm, caring and professional approach. They should also acquire very good communication skills so that they can communicate effectively and inclusively at all times with all the people in their class who have a hearing loss.