Improving the Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss

Our mission  is to help YOU to improve the futures of children who are hard of hearing or deaf via Resources, Products, Continuing Education, Membership Networking and 1:1 Consultation 

This is a ‘go-to’ site for professionals and family members seeking more information about the learning and social issues of children with hearing loss* and what you can do to better support the future success of these children. Resources are at no cost, designed to be easy to understand quickly, and practical to use. Products and webcasts are of high value at a minimum price.     Supporting Success summary sheet         Current Product Price List

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Books/intervention materialsBuilding Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom WEBCASTS  $20! Presentations

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One-on-one (family/school) Variety of experts

Karen’s Korner: 

Strategies for Keeping Hearing Aids onA big thank you for providing so much knowledge and a wide range of materials so I can enhance by best practices and work toward closing the achievement gap for my students. I find myself so excited and reflective as I witness highly productive student learning. Incorporating the ideas/materials/thoughts from your book, Teacher Tools, your website and the recent workshop with you that I attended is so much fun!.  Jill Zimmerman, DHHT, New York  

Registration now open!

Take a Look magnifying glassPlan to attend the first Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss Conference  in St. Paul, MN on Nov. 7, 2014. It is an inexpensive, jam-packed day of information! Click here to register and earn up to 7 hours of CEUs.

Changes to Professional Resources!

With new material being posted each month the Professional Resources section had gotten to be rather like an over-piled desk! The resources have been recategorized under some new headings with obvious room to grow! More changes to come! Please be patient during this ‘ house cleaning’ if you encounter broken links.

Teacher Tools - A membership site   Join now for 2014-2015!

Thanks to the 250 people who became members for our inaugural 2013-2014 membership year.    Lynne Price and I thank all of you who tried the Teacher Tools e-magazine this school year. We are excited to make some changes so that it is even better next year! Instructional Activities will be expanded so that there are specific activities for secondary students, preschoolers and for the lower-performing students with multiple learning challenges. Gone is New, Know, Now has been replaced with Materials Just for Members. I will be adding to this library of premium resources is now available and it will remain from year to year, unlike the instructional strategies and materials that will be retired on June 30 of each year. We are excited to be starting a Teacher Tools Discussion Forum in September as an alternative to the Spaghetti discussions. Get your questions ready! We hope to have more members during 2014-2015 and to get you all sharing and discussing. The new Teacher Tools instructional materials will be added in September. Those who join earlier will be able to use their login information to access the Materials Just for Members library.  Join now!

New Price!

TOP TEN Triple Set (2)The Top Ten materials for early intervention providers were introduced last April. We are now pleased to offer them at a new, more affordable price. Let’s improve the services to families that are provided by early interventionists who have limited knowledge about hearing loss! The materials are also provide an easy to remember structure for families that make them good to use even for experienced DHH early intervention providers!  The Top Ten combo is now only $48 and the set of one parent and one professional guide is only $19 for those of you who want a taste. Find out more here.

Interact-AS Speech-to-Text Translation - inexpensive captioning!

New $99 Interact-AS + High Performance Classroom Microphone Trial.  The fastest way to get a trial up and running! You receive a 30-day trial with the Interact-AS software and 45 days of use with a loaner microphone that provides the highest level of speech-to-text translation accuracy. If the trial doesn’t work for the student you only pay $99 as long as the loaner mic is shipped back by the 45th day. If the trial is successful, you can keep the mic for the full price of $399 and you would purchase the Professional Edition of the software for $764.95. The school and/or parents would provide a computer/media tablet meeting the software requirements (4 GB RAM + i5 processor or better). The Interact-AS speech-to-text translation software is about 90% accurate.  The whole Interact-AS system costs less than an FM system! Interact-AS is an accommodation. Once you have set up a trial system it can be used as a reasonable back up when captionists/CART are absent and to have on hand to try with future students who appear to be good candidates.

Best candidates: middle and high school students who are good listeners and speechreaders who have the ability/maturity to ‘glance and get’ text when a word or concept has been missed.  Interact-AS will work with your student’s FM transmitter as long as the teacher uses the boom microphone within 1-2 inches of her mouth, however better accuracy is achieved with one of the high quality and inexpensive microphones available for purchase with the Interact-AS software.

How it works: The speech-to-text captions will appear on a laptop computer or a media tablet (Microsoft Surface Pro or Asus Taichi) on his or her desk. The text files of each class can be saved. Graphics to assist understanding different configurations of setting up Interact-AS in a classroom can be viewed here.  The new 5.1 Interact-AS software upgrade and the new high performance microphone now make it possible for the voices of up to three teachers team-teaching in a single classroom to have their speech captioned for the student’s view. Contact Mike, the Interact-AS Implementation Support person for more information. (interactassupport@successforkidswithhearingloss.com)

Comments by Supporting Success Fans

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!  Your tools and website are so helpful!! I wish I had found them sooner than I did.  I am a teacher of the deaf in Texas for 11 years.  I will be directing parents to explore your website.  It is quite helpful and without bias, which is critical for parents to make their own decisions.”  Sincerely, Alison Massar
“I adore your site!!!  It is exactly what we “Lone Rangers” out here working in isolation, and needing to be all things to all people, need to guide and support us.  It gives us a more objective and uniform way to document and support the wide ranging needs of our birth to 21 students. THANK YOU!!” Teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, Florida
 
“As the landscape of deafness has changed with such remarkable speed — our assessment and intervention tools seldom reflect what we truly need to understand about our students.  Thank you for the age-expectations on social-pragmatics and theory of mind — this is the type of information we need to be attending to in order to be an effective ‘coach’ and guide students to reach their true potentials.” Oregon SLP 
 
“I want to thank you for providing these phenomenal webcasts and for all the resources and materials compiled in your book, Success for Kids with Hearing Loss. You have helped inspire and motivate me, and have made a positive impact on my professional growth as a hearing itinerant. Looking forward to some of your other webcasts.”    Hearing Itinerant
 
“Your book, The Deaf Bible as I refer to it, has changed the way our DHH program supports our students and advocates for their learning. Our DHH teachers have been using your checklists to gather detailed information from the students and teachers. The information has improved the quality of our present level information and goals in the IEP as they are now very specific to how the hearing loss impacts a child’s access to language in the classroom.”     DHH Teacher

Watch us grow! Your suggestions for additions or improvements are very welcome! Tell us what resources you need to better support the future success of children with hearing loss (info@successforkidswithhearingloss.com).  

Resources developed and presented by Karen L. Anderson, PhD.  All material on this website is copyrighted. Permission is required to use this information in other websites or publications. Please feel free to share or use this information with individual families and classroom teachers to improve the futures of the children with hearing loss that you serve and love!

*Why use the term “children with hearing loss” and not Deaf/hard of hearing on this website? 

There are differing opinions that have changed over time regarding how to refer to the population of persons with hearing loss. The term “children with hearing loss” was purposely selected.  The terms “Deaf” and “hard of hearing” do not necessarily coincide with audiometric hearing thresholds. As children enter adolescence who have functioned as hard of hearing there are a significant number who choose to identify with the Deaf community. The terms “Deaf” and “hard of hearing” relate to personal identity and reflect cultural preferences. It is up to the individual to define their own identity. Research from 2003 indicated that 56% of hard of hearing teens (11, 13, 15 years) identify themselves as having a “hearing problem” and not as having a disability (hard of hearing or hearing impaired). For these children, the preference is to be identified as neither Deaf nor hard of hearing. Also, families of children who are early identified and receive early amplification and intervention are increasingly choosing listening and speaking as the preferred communication modality they use with their child (over 90% in some places). With this in mind, it is reasonable to assume that the numbers of children who do not identify themselves as either deaf or hard of hearing will increase.  The choice of “children with hearing loss” for this website is not meant as a slight to the Deaf community who feel that they have experienced no ‘loss’ nor is it meant to reinforce a medical approach to ‘fixing’ persons with hearing loss. In view of the phenomenon of increasing numbers of children identifying themselves only as persons with a ‘hearing problem’ and in recognition that the terms Deaf and hard of hearing are personal identity and cultural choices, it is a sign of respect for this personal choice that the term “children with hearing loss” is used throughout this website.

Kent, B. (2003). Identity issues for hard of hearing adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15 in mainstream setting. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 8(3), 315-324.
 

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