Recorded Oct 4, 2016
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.
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Recorded Oct 19, 2016
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:
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.
Webinar Handout | Maine Deaf/HH Student's Guide to Transition
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
Participants in this webinar will be able to:
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.
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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:
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.
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.