Matrix for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
By: Nancy Mosher
WHY MIGHT WE USE A DHH MATRIX?
Effective communication, academic success, social competence, and independence are the goals for each of our students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Since each student is unique and has different needs, the IEP team uses DATA to define the necessary programs, supplementary aids, supplementary services, accommodations or modifications which will support independence and school success. The Matrix for Students who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing is a TOOL for use with students who spend most of their time in the general education setting, are between the ages of 5 and 21 years, and do not have significant additional disabilities. The Matrix allows the team to look at individualized DATA.
HOW DID THE DHH MATRIX DEVELOP?
Fifteen years ago, teacher consultants from Oakland Schools in Michigan began developing and using this tool. Several other schools in Michigan also used versions of the tool. In 2010 and 2011, a small committee was established, supported by Michigan Department of Education-Low Incidence Outreach. The committee revised the documents, piloted the forms, analyzed the data and produced the updated DHH Matrix. It is intended to be an optional resource. Thanks to Oakland Schools, Midland ESA, and the Revision Committee (Marianne Titler, Tammy Hansford, Suzanne Raschke, Shannon Williams, and Nancy Mosher) for the DHH Matrix.
WHAT IS THE DHH MATRIX?
The DHH Matrix is a TOOL which may be used (not required or endorsed by MDE) as a way of collecting and quantifying DATA about a specific child’s needs and the EDUCATIONAL IMPACT of those needs. The Matrix is a grid which looks at the following “Factors for Consideration”: Audiological Factors, Language/Vocabulary, Functional Listening Skills, Use of Amplification, Educational Performance, and Personal Adjustment/Transition. Within each of these “Factors for Consideration” areas, statements are chosen which match the data about the child and a numerical score is obtained for each Consideration (row). The total score is then transferred to the cover page. Optional “Contributing Factors” (Age of Student, Program Demands, Student Cooperation, Interpreter/Captionist, Change in Program, Attendance, Challenging Condition, Other) can add or subtract points from the impact score. The student’s “Educational Impact” score can then be compared with the range of services which are currently being provided to students throughout Michigan who have similar scores. These ranges are only guidelines. THE IEP TEAM, including the PARENT, makes the decisions. Higher scores could indicate a greater need and level of service, while very low scores could indicate little or no service is necessary for the student’s continued success.
WHEN COULD THE MATRIX BE USED?
The Matrix Development Committee suggests that the DHH Matrix might be useful in preparation for: Annual IEP, 3 Year Re-evaluation, Changes of Placement (Educational Setting, Community Transition Placement, Re-location to new school or building), or Transition.
WHERE CAN I FIND the DHH Matrix?
The Educational Impact Matrix Introduction and Instructions, the DHH Educational Impact Matrix Student Profile and Factors for Consideration are available on the MDE-LIO website http://mde-lio.cenmi.org. If you have questions, contact the DHH Consultant at MDE-LIO.