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Webinar Archive V

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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

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(recorded 11-18-18)

"Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Roles and Responsibilities"

Here is a 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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