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Webinar Archive V

Recorded Oct 4, 2016

"The Evaluation of Speech & Language Skills for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students"

Description:

During this webinar: Amy Chang, SLP, presented an overview of the process of evaluating spoken language skills for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Key components of speech and language evaluations were discussed with a focus on students with different hearing levels.

Participants will be able to identify areas of speech and language skills to include in an evaluation, special considerations for evaluating students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and identify potential evaluations or assessments for different skill areas.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Note: Audio technical difficulties were experienced during this webinar. Thank you for watching!

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded Oct 19, 2016

"A collaboration Between CDS & MECDHH: MOU Overview"

Presenters:

Roy Fowler, Part C Coordinator, CDS
Kris Michaud, Part B Coordinator, CDS
Karen Hopkins, Director of ECFS

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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(recorded 11-15-16)

"Why Parent Guides are Important for Parents of Deaf Children"

During this webinar: Tracy Henderson, Mitchell Daigle, Darleen Hutchins and Darlene Freeman, parents of children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will give an overview of the GBYS program. They will share experiences of how having the support of a parent guide who is raising a child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing  can be just what another parent needs to become a strong advocate for their own child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

About the Presenters:

Tracy Henderson, Mitchell Daigle, Darleen Hutchins and Darlene Freeman all have full-time jobs  outside of the Maine Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program but their expertise for this program and for this webinar comes from their most important job of raising their children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout

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(recorded 1-10-17)

"Using the Maine Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Student's Guide to Transition"

During this webinar,

Over the past several years, the Maine PepNet 2 team has participated in a national Initiative funded by a federal grant to develop a user friendly resource to support the transition planning process for students who are D/deaf and hard of hearing. During this webinar, Conrad and Shana will discussed the Maine Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student's Guide to transition and how it can be used with students to support successful transition outcomes. The unique needs of D/deaf and hard of hearing students in four essential areas of development (self-determination, education/training, employment, and independent living) will be discussed as they apply to students in grades 8 through 12.

Participants received an electronic copy of the Guide with their webinar link to allow them to follow along easily.

 

About the Presenters:

Conrad Strack, M.S. Ed. was born hard of hearing and slowly become D/deaf by age 18.   He grew up mainstreamed, received his B.S. in Economics from Western Oregon State University and his M.S. Ed in Deaf Education from University of Rochester.   Conrad taught for a few years at Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. He then went to work at MECDHH/GBSD for 28 years in various capacities. The last 12 years, he has been working as a Public School Outreach Consultant specializing in transition. One of his current projects is working with the state of Maine pepnet 2 team that developed the transition guide for D/deaf and hard of hearing students.     

Shana Kelley-Cohen, LCSW
is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with the D/deaf and hard of hearing community for over 15 years. She has her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Masters degree in Social Work with a specialization in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations from Gallaudet University. Shana worked for 10 years as a counselor with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adolescents, adults, and their families in Maine. She also worked in the public school system for several years. Shana is currently working as the transition strategist with GBSD students at Portland High School and as the Behavior Strategist for MECDHH/GBSD Programs. Shana is also a member of the Maine Summit Team that developed the Maine Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student's Guide to Transition.

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout | Maine Deaf/HH Student's Guide to Transition

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(recorded 3-7-17)

"Supporting Students with Otitis Meida in Early Childhood Classrooms: Conductive Hearing Loss"

During this webinar, an overview was provided of what constitutes a conductive hearing loss and a sensorineural hearing loss. The presenters will offer strategies to implement in the home and in the classroom for optimal language access, and discuss the adverse affects of ongoing conductive hearing loss (Otitis Media) on social emotional and language development.

About the Presenters:

Megan Kish holds a Masters in Linguistics from Gallaudet University specializing in first language acquisition. She works for MECDHH as an Early Intervention Specialist and Teacher of the Deaf for children birth through age 5 and their families.

Kathryn Carmina holds a Masters of Science from Canisius College specializing in Deaf Education. She works for MECDHH as an Early Intervention Specialist and Teacher of the Deaf for children birth through age 5 and their families.

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout |

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(recorded 4-11-17)

"Significant Impacts of a Tiny Hearing Loss: Minimal &  Mild Hearing Loss in School-aged Children"

During this webinar, Katherine Duncan and Donna Casavant gave an overview of minimal and mild hearing loss.  They defined these common hearing situations and described the educational, communication, and social impacts on children in school.

Participants were able to:

  • Define a minimal/mild hearing loss and identify potential causes.
  • Describe some educational, communication, and social impacts of minimal/mild hearing loss on children in school.

About the Presenters:

Katherine Duncan received her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the Ohio State University. She has worked as a private audiologist in Maine for five years.  This is her fourth year as an educational audiologist with MECDHH.


Donna Casavant received her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Smith College and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Special Education from the University of Maine.  She has worked with students who are deaf/hard of hearing from birth to high school.  This is her fourth year in Public School Outreach with MECDHH.

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout |

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(recorded 10-7-17)

"Working with a Sign Language Interpreter in your Classroom"

During this webinar, Linda Koehler, teacher of the deaf, and Shannon Locke, teacher of the deaf and licensed/ certified educational interpreter, will overview considerations for using interpreters in schools. They will discuss strategies for successful teaming and the necessity for teacher/interpreter collaboration so that students receive the most effective interpreted education possible. The topics of discussion will include the different roles and responsibilities of teachers and educational interpreters as well as research-based best practices. They will also provide resource information for administrators, teachers, interpreters, and parents.

Participants will develop an understanding of:

1)  the importance of collaboration between teachers, interpreters, and other team members.

2)  evidence-based best practices.

3)  differing roles and responsibilities of the teacher and the interpreter.

About the Presenters:

Linda Koehler received her Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore- gon. She started her career teaching second grade for 5 years then was a teacher of the deaf in public schools for 14 years working with students from kindergarten through high school.  She has been through interpreter training as  well. She has been a Public School Outreach consultant for MECDHH for the past 6 years.

Shannon Locke received her Master's Degree in Education Leadership and graduated from an interpreter training program. She is a licensed and certified interpreter specializing in educational interpreting. She worked as an interpreter and teacher of the deaf in the K-12 setting before coming to MECDHH last fall.

 

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout |

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(recorded 2-6-18)

"The Dual Sensory Challenge: The Many Sides of Deaf-Blindness"

Synopsis- Although the term “deaf-blind” implies the absence of hearing and sight, in reality, it refers to individuals with varying degrees of hearing and vision.  The key consideration, though, is that a dual sensory impairment causes access challenges to both auditory and visual information which significantly impact learning and communication.  Participants in this webinar will be able to:
  • Recognize the range of individuals that meet this classification of deaf-blindness.
  • Describe the impact of dual sensory challenges for children with deaf-blindness.
  • Identify key principles and strategies for interacting with individuals with deaf-blindness.

About the Presenters:

Donna Casavant, MED, CAS earned a BS in Biology from Bates College, MED in Deaf Education from Smith College and CAS in Special Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine, Orono.  She has also received additional training with students with dual vision/hearing issues and other multiple disabilities. She has worked in education for 30 years teaching biology, chemistry, earth science, and American Sign Language; in mainstream and residential settings with students who are deaf/hard of hearing from birth to high school; and in early intervention/early childhood special education. This is her fifth year in Public School Outreach with MECDHH (where she consults with K-12 schools in the mid-coast Maine area) and her second year as an educational consultant with the New England Consortium of DeafBlind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC).

 

Kristen Q. Shorey, M.Ed earned a BS in Early Childhood Regular & Special Education from Wheelock College, M.Ed in Special Education from Grand Canyon University and a Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate from Gallaudet University. Kristen is a certified Special Educator and Teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. She has worked in the field of early intervention and special education for 24 years with a concentration in deaf education for the last eleven.  She also has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum, those that use augmentative communication, as well as children with multiple disabilities. Kristen currently works for MECDHH as an ECFS (Early Childhood and Family Services) Specialist where she consults with families, daycare & Part C providers, and preschool programs across Maine.  She is also an educational consultant with NEC.

 

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout |

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(recorded 3-20-18)

"A Trip to the Audiologist: What to Expect When Your Child Needs a Hearing Test"

Synopsis: In this webinar, Katherine Duncan and Stacia Thomas, Educational Audiologists from MECDHH, provided an overview of a typical visit to the audiologist, including a variety of tests necessary to assess a child’s hearing and auditory function. Tests covered in this webinar included otoscopy, impedance measures (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes), visual reinforcement audiometry, play audiometry, otoacoustic emissions, and auditory brainstem response evaluations. Special emphasis will be placed on addressing common questions posed by parents whose children need a hearing test.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  1. List various audiologic test methods used by pediatric audiologists.
  2. Describe the differences between sleep deprived and sedated auditory brainstem response evaluations.
  3. Describe the differences between visual reinforcement and play audiometry.

About the Presenters:

Katherine Duncan obtained her doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) from the Ohio State University. She is in her fifth year as educational audiologist at MECDHH. Her primary focus is supporting the outreach programs at MECDHH, and she is currently the Team Leader for the Public School Outreach program.

Stacia Thomas obtained her doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) from Nova Southeastern University. She is in her second year as an educational audiologist at MECDHH. Her primary focus is supporting the preschool and K-12 academic programs at MECDHH/GBSD.

Who should attend?

While the primary focus of the webinar is to provide a resource for parents whose children require an audiologic evaluation, professionals in early childhood education, such as teachers, service coordinators, case managers, and speech/language pathologists, would also benefit from understanding what a typical audiology visit looks like, particularly for those professionals working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout |

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(recorded 5-8-18)

"What is KLM: Kids Like ME?"

Synopsis:

During this webinar, Maura Heffernan, Public School Outreach Consultant and Patty Cook, Kids Like ME program Coordinator from MECDHH provided an overview of the Kids Like ME program. The program serves children who are deaf and hard of hearing in grades K-12 statewide and facilitates the development of social and self-advocacy skills while  encouraging self-esteem.

Participants in this webinar were be able to:

  • Learn what the Kids Like Me program is.
  • Recognize the importance of meeting and interacting with other individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • recognize the positive impact it plays in students’ lives.

About the Presenters:

Patty Cook has been dedicated to working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families at Maine Educational   Center for the Deaf for the past 31 years.  She has worked as the Kids Like ME program Coordinator for the past 10 years. In addition she     provides Diversity Awareness training to public school classes with the WISE (WE Increase Sensitivity and Educate) Diversity Awareness     program. She also coordinates and runs Family Fun Days and Family Learning Days statewide throughout the year giving families the opportunity to get together.

Maura Heffernan received an undergraduate degree in Communication Dis-orders from University of Massachusetts, Master's degree in Deaf Education from Boston University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Literacy Education. She began her career working at schools for the deaf. More recently she has spent several years as a teacher of the deaf in public schools in southern Maine supporting mainstream programs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Who should attend?

The target audience for this webinar includes parents, caregivers, guardians of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, teachers, case managers, guidance counselors and any professionals working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Resources

Webinar Handout |