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                     Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom:                           Optimizing Achievement for Students with Hearing Loss

About the Authors

Karen L. Anderson:

Karen L. Anderson PhD is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association and has been awarded the 2003 Fred Berg Award in Educational Audiology, the 2007 Phonak Cheryl DeConde Johnson award for best practices in educational audiology and the 2007 FLASHA Outstanding Service Award. Karen is the author or co-author of the Screening Instrument For Targeting Educational Risk (SIFTER) teacher checklists (Preschool, Elementary, Secondary), the Early Listening Function (ELF) for infants and toddlers, the Listening Instrument For Education (LIFE and the new LIFE-R), the Children’s Home Inventory of Listening Difficulties (CHILD), and the guidance document Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening and Learning Needs. Karen served as an educational audiologist in rural and urban settings in Minnesota and Washington for over 15 years. She spent 8 years at the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Early Steps as the Audiology Consultant for Early Hearing Loss Detection and Intervention and the Early Steps Coordinator of Hearing Services including developing the Serving Hearing Impaired Newborns Effectively, or SHINE, component of Early Steps. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, is Board Certified in Audiology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Anderson is currently Director of the newly established Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss, which provides an array of resources and services via http://successforkidswithhearingloss.com or  www.kandersonaudconsulting.com  

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Kathleen A. Arnoldi:

Kathleen A. Arnoldi, M.A., has worked as a teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and a lead teacher for Saint Paul Public Schools’ Programs for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students for thirty-seven years. She is currently a teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher Training Program. Kathy has participated in writing pertinent legislation for students with hearing loss and their families, developing eligibility criteria for special education services and creating licensure requirements for teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing in Minnesota. She served as chair of both the Educator Network, a former statewide organization for professionals in the field of Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and the Parent Network for parents of children with hearing loss. She has been a board member of the MN Council for Exceptional Children. Kathy is certified in Elementary Education and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education, birth through age 21, and holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration. She is collaborating with Karen Anderson to develop continuing education webinars and consultation services for parents and professionals via Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss.

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