Early October 2017
Special education students are first and foremost general education students. Many, if not most, school districts in the US are actively embracing the inclusion model of education, in which virtually all students are educated in the mainstream classroom, regardless of the diversity of their needs.
Students with hearing loss have special needs but not they are not due to learning disorders like most other special education populations. The primary difference between students with hearing loss and their classmates is that they do not access speech as fully. Students with hearing loss who are DHH-only have learning gaps and special needs secondary to access to communication issues, not learning disorders.
The book that defines expanded core DHH services!
The Building Skills for Success book has been lauded by hundreds of DHH professionals as the ‘itinerant bible.’ Many DHH teachers across the US and Canada refer to ‘The Book’ most teaching days. The introduction to each chapter provides you with language you can use when you are challenged by administrators about why your student needs these services. With the book comes 50 downloadable files for you to use with your caseload. The Building Skills book now comes in a 3-ring binder with plenty of room to add your own teaching materials or to integrate those that come with Building Skills for Independence, Steps to Success, Advocacy in Action, and other resources you can readily find on the Supporting Success website.
Last May, representatives of the Council for Exceptional Children – Division of Communication Disorders and Deafness released Teachers of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Critical Resource Needed for Legal Compliance. This document reviews the foundations for why credentialed teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing are critical to providing appropriate evaluation, programming, planning, and student-centered instruction.
The new buzz phrase in education seems to be evidence-based practices. Yet what ARE the EBP for deaf education? Two famous researchers in our field, Mark Marshark and Pat Spencer, teamed together to critically review the literature and summarize the findings. The research base has been boiled down into very understandable nuggets that teachers can share with administrators and use to guide their practice. Included is a 5-page Key Findings Index that is in the front of the book that provides ‘sound bite’ summaries of the research findings.
This book is a MUST for every DHH program and should be on the shelf of every administrator who oversees programmatic and individual decisions for students with hearing loss.
With so many questions about appropriate programs and necessary services (such as: is it REALLY necessary to have the DHH teacher on the IEP???) it makes sense for all professionals involved in education of students with hearing loss to own, or have ready access to this book!
Teacher Tools Fippable e-Magazine – the OCTOBER Issue is Now Posted!
The new format allows members to quickly page through ALL of the materials. A good fit for busy, on the go teachers! We now have over 800 members!
Thanks to those of you who have struggled to get into your Teacher Tools account. Our beautiful new website came with some issues we have slowly been working through. Please let us know if you need help! Contact teachertools.successforkidswithhearingloss.com
What Should be the Format of the Supporting Success Conference?
Please answer this survey to help determine the format of the February 2019 Supporting Success Conference. Onsite, face-to-face conferences are expense and fewer districts are allowing release time for teachers. Please weigh-in on what you think about a face-to-face versus an online, virtual conference. Your input is very important!!!! GO TO THE 1-QUESTION SURVEY NOW.
Resources from SSCHL – More About Appropriate Services for Students with Hearing Loss
Find more information on the Supporting Success website:
- Legal Issues in Serving Children with Hearing Loss
- Issues: Eligibility Determination
- Issues: Determining Service Delivery
- Issues: Provision of Appropriate Assistive Technology/Accommodations
Research results have been used as the basis for practice recommendations throughout the book. It is cutting edge! About half of the book is devoted to birth-3. There is a chapter on visual communication modalities followed by a chapter on auditory verbal therapy so there isn’t a single-sided viewpoint presented on communication. The chapters on phonological development, supportive early childhood practices, theory of mind, literacy development and teaching writing would be rich reading for any teacher of school-aged children. The chapters include wonderful case studies and what is especially beneficial is the CD that is filled with video clips of assessment and teaching strategies. There are tons of inspiring clips, each associated with specific information from a chapter. This book is valuable for any professional who works with children or students with hearing loss and their families.
The more you know about the law and its requirements, the better you can advocate for your student and the need for YOU to provide services to address their unique needs due to hearing loss. We have just pulled together a new Trio Combo, providing reduced pricing when all three of the following webcasts are purchased together. Only $40 for all 3!
–Making the Case: Legal Interpretations to Remember (45 min)
– Match It! Sell It! Guarantee It! Getting Your Students the Support They Need to Achieve (60 min)
– We are Zebra Experts: Recognizing the Needs of Zebras in a World of Horses (45 min)
Advocacy Notes – In a Nutshell
We know about IDEA, ADA, FAPE and other acronyms for terms related to providing services and supports to our students with hearing loss. Below are some of the basics that underlie who, why, and how we are required to provide support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing within the US. At YOUR fingertips!
by Karen Anderson, PhD, Director of Supporting Success
October 12-13 – LA (Lafayette)
October 19-20 – MA (Marlborough)
November 2 – MB (Winnipeg)
November 10-11 – WI (Appleton)
It was fun as part of my keynote in Minot ND to conduct an onsite, app-enabled Roles and Responsibilities survey with the participants! Cool!
Now booking for 2018 Presentations!