KIPA Group

My Relationships



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OBJECTIVES: (Competency)


  • Who supports me in my everyday activities/ environments?
  • What makes a good friend? How do I develop relationships?
  • How important is it for me to meet and know others with hearing difficulties?
  • How do I connect/develop relationships with my teacher(s) and others in my community?


  • How willing are you to initiate a conversation with peers?
  • How do you maintain this conversation?
  • What do you need to do to be a good communicator?
  • What are some communication repair skills you can use to facilitate your understanding? (see Communication Repair Module)
  • How do you know when someone does or does not want to engage with you? What are those signs? (e.g. non-verbal)


  • How do you engage with others?
    • E.g. study groups, initiating an outing, etc.
  • What is small talk and how do you engage in that?
  • When are times that you might NOT want to engage and how do you communicate that?
  • What is it like to date when you have hearing loss?


  • Why is relationship-building important? 
  • What makes a good friend? 
  • How many friends do you need?
  • How do you ask others questions about themselves?
  • Are you comfortable interacting with those different from yourself?  (e.g cultural, physical, etc)
    • If not, why?
    • Do you ask them about their difference? How do you ask?


  • What does teamwork mean to you?
  • What does cooperation mean to you?
  • What is needed of you to be a good teammate/group member?
  • What do you do if you are in disagreement with a team/group member?
  • How would you seek/offer help from a team/group member when needed?

OBJECTIVES: (Relatedness)


  • How am I perceived in different relationships?
  • What do I contribute to different relationships?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses relative to relationships?
  • Who can you talk to about your existing relationships and get input on building relationships?
  • When do I choose to tell others about my hearing loss? How do I do this?
  • If I choose not to disclose, what strategies do I use to manage my communication?
  • What might motivate me to tell others about my hearing loss?
  • How do I let others know about my interests, desires, and preferences?

OBJECTIVES: (Autonomy)


  • How do others know you value your relationships? With them; with other?
  • How willing are you to build new relationships?
  • When do you not want to build relationships?
  • How willing are you to grow established relationships?
  • What are relationship boundaries? What are YOUR relationship boundaries?