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Next Webinar: Feb 11th, 2019

"Unlocking the Mystery: How to Help a Child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing Become a Successful Reader."

( Q & A following the webinar at 3:30 - 3:45 PM )

In this webinar Donna Casavant and Cathy Lushman will discuss strategies to help children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing grow their reading potential. They will discuss some relevant research and relate concrete approaches for fostering literacy growth for children across the communication spectrum. The presenters will also provide resource information regarding evidence-based best practice in lit- eracy in deaf education for teachers, administrators, interpreters, and parents.

*Please note this presentation previously took place at the annual Maine Hands & Voices conference in November of 2018.

About the Presenters:

Donna Casavant received her Bachelors degree in Biolog y f rom Bates College, her Master' s in Educ at ion for the Deaf f rom Smith College and he r Cer- tificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Special Education: Early Intervention from the University of Maine. This is her 31 st year in education and her 6th year as a Public School Outreach consultant/itinerant teacher with MECDHH. She provides direct and consultation services to K -12 educational teams in Penobscot, Waldo, Lincoln, and Knox counties.

Catherine Lushman has an undergraduate degree in Deaf Education f rom Gallaudet Univers i t y i n Was hington, DC and a Master' s degree i n Deaf Educa- tion from Western Maryland College. She has worked at the Maine Educational Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing for over 22 y ears, teaching deaf and hard of hearing children aged 3 through 8. She was a Head Teacher for five years when she worked in the elementary grades. She was a team leader in developing and administering an adapted Developmental Reading Assessment for Deaf students. She was an ASL instructor at the University Sout hern of Maine for seven years.   She now works as an ASL specialist and does ASL assessments, evaluations, and consultations with preschool children and their families from age 0 to 5.

Participants in this Webinar Will Learn:

  • How some of the strategies used to foster communication can be used to foster reading success in children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
  • At least 3 concrete reading strategies that can be applied to daily practice to help a child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing become a successful reader.


Who should attend? Teachers, especially those of younger children learning to read, Parents, Special Education Directors, Educational Interpreters and Translitera- tors, & Education Technicians would benefit from this formation





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