Bi-Monthly Update: Pace of Learning & Keeping Up in the Classroom

Late November 2017

As you are probably aware, education has changed with teacher lecture becoming less prominent as an educational practice. Typically, new information is presented in a lecture format supplemented by reading material, until students build surface knowledge of the topic. Interaction activities such as classroom discussion, small group work and partner problem-solving are used to solidify surface knowledge and to move students to a deeper level of understanding1. Therefore, how well students are able to participate in the classroom setting truly impacts their move toward deeper understanding.

This article focuses on the ‘unseen’ challenges that children with hearing loss often experience when trying to keep up in the regular education setting.

Continue reading the Early November 2017 Update

Bi-Monthly Update: Brain On? Hearing Device Monitoring is Necessary for Access to Education

Early November 2017

At the October Clarke Mainstream Conference Dr. Carol Flexer emphasized how hearing loss is about the brain, not the ears. Hearing devices are needed to activate the brain and to access spoken communication for learning. While the audience laughed as she said, “Your brain is in your pocket! Oh no!” it is a cruel reality that about 25% of students do not (consistently) use their hearing aids1 and that 50% of children’s hearing aids malfunction on any given day2.

In the US, IDEA specifies3 that for children with IEPs the schools must ensure that the hearing devices worn by students with hearing loss are functioning. Indeed, malfunction rates can drop to less than 1% if an effective hearing aid monitoring program is in place.

Continue reading the Early November 2017 Update

Bi-Monthly Update: Tailoring Assessment for Eligibility for Specialized Instruction

Late October 2017

Tailoring Assessment for Eligibility for Specialized Instruction

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Depositphotos_127559380_m-2015.jpgThe great news is that early identification of hearing loss, improvements in hearing technology, and parent involvement in high quality early intervention services REALLY WORK to improve developmental outcomes by age three. Even so at least 40% of children have the cognitive capacity for higher language levels. All too often transition teams who are evaluating students for eligibility upon school age to deem that they are ‘fine’ and need no extra services or supports.

Can he qualify? Yes! This is possible IF there is someone on the multidisciplinary team who truly understands the impact of hearing loss on development AND knows appropriate assessments to use to tailor the evaluation process to the risk areas of students with hearing loss.

Read more about appropriate assessment for students with hearing loss


Steps to Assessment

Guide to Identifying Educational Needs for Students with Hearing Loss

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Steps to Assess 4.jpgTeachers who use this guide will have a much better understanding of the vulnerable areas of development due to hearing loss, how the areas interconnect, and ultimately how they are the experts in using the ‘deaf lens’ to contribute to their evaluation teams and service planning. The focus of this 290-page guide is appropriate assessment practices for children from transition to school at age 3 through high school. Categories of assessment are presented, as are ways to tease out information from assessment results to illustrate how to identify needs to support eligibility.

Download this Informational handout describing
Steps to Assessment to share with your Team!

Read more about Steps to Assessment


What’s New? National Microtia Awareness Day is November 9th!

Last year’s first national awareness day was amazing! Families and deaf educators raised awareness with their children at school and helped educate about hearing loss, hearing devices, and Microtia and Atresia.  Supporting Success was one of a number of websites that spread the word about National Microtia Awareness Day. If you would like to purchase an official National Microtia Awareness Day t-shirt or any awareness accessories, you can do so by going to the front page on Ear Community’s website at:  www.EarCommunity.org  Order deadline is October 20th, 2017. 

Read more about Microtia/Atresia on the SSCHL website


Tons of functional performance checklists ready to use or email

If you know and love the Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom book you know that there are many functional assessments throughout the book. Documenting Skills for Success: Data-Gathering Resources was developed following many requests that e-versions of the tools be provided so that they could easily be shared with and completed by classroom teachers and/or the teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing during assessment or progress monitoring. It is intended as an electronic supplement for individuals who have already purchased Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom. Unless someone is purposely monitoring classroom performance over time, emerging gaps can and will be missed!

Documenting Skills for Success has more than 57 tools from Building Skills for Success. There are 10 additional data-gathering tools that included in this e-publication. Of the 67 files, 42 are computer-fillable pdfs.

Read more about Documenting Skills for Success: Data-Gathering Resources


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More about Evaluation and Eligibility:

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Download an eye-catching evaluation results summary form you can customize HERE.


The big 5 – Can you guess???

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Depositphotos_13884242_m-2015.jpgI am often asked, if I had to choose, which would be the most important assessments for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing to routinely use during eligibility and 3-year evaluations.

  • We need to consider the vulnerabilities specific to our students with hearing loss.
  • We need to gather information that will reflect educational performance issues common to our students who may be doing ‘okay’ academically.
  • We need to have assessments appropriate for students using all communication modalities.
  • We also need to be able to speak strongly about the need for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing and educational audiologists to be important members of the evaluation team who perform assessments specifically tailored to the vulnerable areas of our students.

See if you guessed right!!!


Steps to Assessment Workshop – Experience this 9-hour workshop with your DHH team!  

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\TNL-2.jpgNever before has it been as important for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing to be directly involved in assessing student skills and needs. With increasing numbers of students entering school with low average language skills and ‘pretty good speech’ school teams are more resistant to finding them eligible for services. And yet the access issues related to hearing loss cause many subtle areas of need in our students that the standard assessment practices often do not address. This Workshop will inform you of which areas are most critical to assess, why this is so, how to assess, and provide some recommendations on appropriate assessments that can be used. You have 300 days to view the 9.25 hour webcast and can view the 7 modules of 60-90 minutes each in whatever order you prefer. Purchase it for individual view or discounted group rates for your whole DHH team.

Read more about the webcasts


Advocacy Notes – Children with Disabilities in Virtual Schools

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Depositphotos_129509528_m-2015.jpgSuccess in mainstream classrooms when you have a hearing loss is often a substantial challenge for our students. Increasingly, parents are exploring the option of enrolling their student in virtual school learning programs.  In August, 2016, the US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter defining school’s responsibilities to students with disabilities enrolled in virtual learning settings. The letter affirmed that virtual schools must carry out the requirements of IDEA as must physical schools.

Read more for specifics for virtual schools


Do any of your students need captioning for equal access? Consider Interact-AS!

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Interact-AS has been used successfully across the US and Canada, especially for secondary students who are hard of hearing. Do you have a student with good reading skills who just can’t quite keep up with the instructional content presented in the classroom? Interact-AS also now has options for captioning of small group discussions.
Read more for the new developments in this speech-to-text captioning software.

The next FREE webinar demonstrating and describing the use of Interact-AS captioning will be on October 24th at 1:30 PM CT. One clock-hour CEU is offered for any interested participants.

Register for the free October webinar HERE


Upcoming Presentations

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October 19-20 – MA (Marlborough)
November 2 – MB (Winnipeg)
March 29 – TX (Houston)
April 10 – IL (Tinley Park)

Now booking for Summer 2018 Presentations!

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Bi-Monthly Update: Is Inclusion Good for Students with Hearing Loss?

Early October 2017

Is the Inclusion Model Good for Students with Hearing Loss?

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Depositphotos_5826642_XL.JPGSpecial 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.

Read more about the detriments and benefits of inclusion for students who are DHH.


6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom

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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.                  

Don’t have Building Skills for Success yet? Read more here


What’s New? Authoritative Resource to Support the Need for DHH Teachers

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Depositphotos_58808099_s-2015.jpgLast 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.

Download it from the Important Resources at the bottom of the SSCHL Home Page


NEW to SSCHL – Evidence-Based Practice in Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students 

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Evidence-Based Practice in Educating DHH Students.jpgThe 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!

Read more about Evidence-Based Practice in Educating DHH Students


Teacher Tools Fippable e-Magazine – the OCTOBER Issue is Now Posted!

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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!

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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


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Resources from SSCHL – More About Appropriate Services for Students with Hearing Loss
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Promoting Language & Literacy in Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing – evidence-based practices for assessment and intervention with children, birth through school-age

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Promoting Language and Literacy in Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 2.jpgResearch 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.

Read more about Promoting Language & Literacy in Children who are DHH


WEBCASTS to Support Appropriate Student Services  

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\TNL-2.jpgThe 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)

Go to the WEBCAST CATALOG or directly to the Trio Combo page

Read more about the webcasts


Advocacy Notes – In a Nutshell

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Read More for the Legal Framework in a Nutshell


Upcoming Presentations

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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!

Read here for more information

 

Bi-Monthly Update: Speech Perception Impact on Educational Performance

 Late September 2017
 “I know he hears me!” – Speech Perception Impact on Educational Performance

Description: https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/206927fe501/251c7e98-30d6-4ff6-b26e-bc2f5e5f9e33.jpgThe primary difference between students with hearing loss and their typically hearing peers is that they do not access speech as fully. This is well known to the readers of the SSCHL Bimonthly Updates but is often unrecognized by school staff who ‘know’ that the child can hear them just fine.

Classrooms are often noisy and the person the child needs to hear is often more than 3 feet from the hearing aid microphones. While individuals can detect sound occurring beyond 3 feet, to truly perceive sounds like s, f, t, p (as in cat, cap, cast, calf) speech must be within the student’s listening bubble. 

Read more about speech perception, the listening bubble, and impact on learning.

 


 

Students with Hearing Loss Typically have SYNTAX Deficits

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Students often do not perceive high frequency speech sounds and many of the brief, barely audible portions of speech, which results in delayed grammar (syntax) skills. NOW AVAILABLE FROM Cracking the Grammar Code – FREE SYNTAX ASSESSMENT CHECKLISTS!   CGC has four books that can be purchased together or separately: (1) Nouns, Articles & Conjunctions + Vocabulary Enhancement Glossary (2) Verbs, (3) Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs & Prepositional Phrases.  After administering the functional assessment, it will specify what activity number in which of the books to start working on to address the student’s syntax deficits. CGC has many activities for each syntax deficit area.

Read more about Cracking the Grammar Code

 


 

What’s New? Technology Advancements for Interact-AS

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\Desktop\SS4CHL\Game Development\Cracking the Grammar Code\New version develolpment, spring 2017\Cracking the Code_Sample Book_cover.jpgIncreasingly, students who are hard of hearing are requesting captioning as an accommodation in secondary school. Interact-AS is a computer program that provides realtime captioning on a media device on the student’s desk. Only the speech that is picked up from a microphone is captioned.

Interact-AS now has microphone options to assist in providing access during small group situations. Register for our first Interact-AS webinar on Sept 20th at 1:30 CT.     

Read more about the new microphone options

 


 

On SALE through September! The NEW Teacher Inservice Combo 

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Depositphotos_159982816_s-2015.jpgThe new Impact of Hearing Loss on Listening, Learning, and Social Interactionsincluded in the Teacher Inservice Combo provides a visual example of how various levels of hearing loss fragments speech and describes the impact of a smaller listening bubble. The Impact of Hearing Loss handouts are part of the 12 downloadable handouts and checklists (including fillable SIFTERs!). A great deal of information at a great price – especially through September!  30 pages of resources not found on the website!

Read more about the NEW Teacher Inservice Combo

 

 


 

Members are LOVING the new Teacher Tools flippable e-Magazine format!
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The new format allows members to quickly page through ALL of the materials. A good fit for busy, on the go teachers! Join NOW!

We need more Kool Kidz Vidz! If you have a student grade K-12 that you would think would be great at stating who they are, challenges, and what they do to help themselves, then consider submitting a Kool Kidz Vid!  A terrific goal for the student who can ‘inservice’ their own teacher(s). You will receive a $50 coupon for Supporting Success products as our Thank You to you.

 


 

More about Speech Perception and the Impact on Educational Performance:
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Find more information on the Supporting Success website:
The Impact of Hearing Loss on Child Development and School Performance
Speech Perception and Learning
Access via the ADA
 


 

Test of Narrative Language

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\TNL-2.jpgSo often our students test out ‘normal’ on receptive/expressive vocabulary or other language tests but you KNOW that he cannot carry on a typical conversation or relate a story of an event like age peers. The Test of Narrative Language is a fast, easy to use test that provides insights to a student’s ability to interact, that are not identified by standard language tests.

Read more

 


 

Using the Recorded Functional Listening Evaluation Using Sentences  

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\TNL-2.jpgDescription: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\FLE.JPGThere is no more effective way to estimate a student’s level of auditory access in the classroom! This functional assessment is easy to perform and can take only 15 minutes. Find the size of your student’s listening bubble and compare speech perception accuracy at 3 feet in quiet/noise to 10-15 feet in quiet/noise.  Examine the results to identify phonemes that are commonly missed or misunderstood.

Read more


Advocacy Notes  NEW White Paper on Estimating the Level of Communication Effectiveness/Access

Description: C:\Users\Karen L Anderson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\Depositphotos_129509528_m-2015.jpgIn a November 2014 policy guidance, it was clarified that under Title II of the ADA, schools are required to ensure that communication for students who are deaf and hard of hearing are as effective as communication for others through the provision of appropriate aids and services, thereby affording an equal opportunity to obtain the same result to gain the same benefit as that provided to others and to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the district’s services, programs, and activities. In July, Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss released the White Paper: Estimating the Level of Communication Effectiveness/Access, which is the result of almost a year-long iterative process with contributions by a variety of deaf education practitioners. 

Read more about the White Paper


Upcoming Presentations

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September 22 – ND (Minot)
October 12-13 – LA (Lafayette)
October 19-20 – MA (Marlborough)
November 2 – MB (Winnipeg)

Now booking for 2018 Presentations!

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Building Skills for Success

Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom is our best seller, owned by about 1/4 of the DHH teachers in the US.

Teacher Tools


We now have 11 Kool Kidz Vidz posted. Members only! Join more than 1,250 2016 -2017 Members today! April Teacher Tools materials now posted!

Access To Information

Access truly is the name of the game! Yet how do we know how WELL our students are truly accessing information presented in the classroom?

First Impressions – Inservicing Busy Classroom Teachers

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Supporting Success
for Children with Hearing Loss

Bimonthly Update
Early September 2017

First Impressions – Inservicing Busy Classroom Teachers

School Start = Teacher Inservice Time!

Each Fall, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing scramble to get into each of their student’s classrooms and inservice the teacher(s) about the impact of hearing loss on educational performance and what the teacher needs to do to accommodate the student’s unique learning needs.

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BRAND NEW! Teacher Inservice Combo – On SALE through September

If you like the ‘Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening and Learning Needs’ you will LOVE the new Impact of Hearing Loss on Listening, Learning, and Social Interactions. The Teacher Inservice Combo replaces our previous Inservice Combo and comes with 12 downloadable handouts and checklists (including the fillable SIFTERs!) – ready to use with classroom teachers!

Read more >

New Version of the SSCHL Website!

Our Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss website has a fresh, new look and is fully mobile accessible. More easily navigated, you will still be able to find the information you have learned to rely on. Visit the new website NOW! 

Thank you for your patience as we get our huge website fully up and running. Focusing on these tweaks and preparing this Update in a new format contributed to this Bimonthly Update coming out late. We have changed to make Supporting Success a better experience for YOU!

We Also Have a New Online Shopping Cart!

View our Catalog and explore the new layout of our selection of products. The new shopping cart supports multiple shipping carriers and a separate system for fair international shipping solutions.

More Resources for Easy Inservicing of
School Staff and Classroom Peers

       

Teacher Tools

We are kicking off the Teacher Tools subscription year with over 500 members. Renew or join now!

Our new Teacher Tools e-Magazine format is amazing! Like a real magazine, this digital version allows you to quickly flip through the pages to see the information most meaningful to you. All articles are downloadable for members to use with their caseload (not ‘freeware) and include many ‘use now’ handout type of teaching materials.

9 issues – September through May. Each issue is packed with downloadable teaching materials and relevant information for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing!

See our FREE Promotional Issue to get the feel of this beneficial resource.

See the September Table of Contents >

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED – What Should be the Format of Our Next Supporting Success Conference

Please answer this survey to help determine the format of the 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.

Hearing Loss is an Access Issue – Not a Disorder. Share the news with Zebra Decal and Stickers

Call attention to the access needs of students with hearing loss!  The decal is heavy plastic 5” diameter. Moisture resistant and moveable. Put it on your laptop, file cabinet, favorite tall drink container, car window, etc. The decal (1) comes with four 2” diameter stickers (non-removable) to call special attention to notes or permanent surfaces.  An inexpensive way to make a statement!

Read more >

More About the Topic – What’s on the Website?

See the following SSCHL webpages for information related to the topic:

Other Resources on Teacher Inservicing

Wait – There’s a Student with Hearing Loss Coming into My Class? Kym Meyer, educational audiologist presented this one-hour presentation via the Hearing Loss Association of America on 8/17/16. Download for free: webinar recording, PPT presentation, links to audio files.  This webinar is a good example of material that can be covered when you inservice school staff.

Webcasts

A new school year brings new opportunities for professional development. See our catalog of webcasts for all of the practical offerings from Supporting Success. FIVE NEW webcasts coming soon!!! As always with Supporting Success webcasts you have 300 days to view your webcast(s) from the date of purchase. CEUs are available upon successful completion.

Advocacy Notes

504 Plans for Students with Hearing Loss

Question from the Field:
If a student has been identified with a significant hearing loss, but is academically at grade level with his peers, is it appropriate to give the student a 504 plan, as long as the student is able to receive direct services from a DHH itinerant for hearing and self-advocacy related skills? What a great question.

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What is Interact-AS? Captioning by a Computer!

For some students, having what the teacher says show up as text on a media device at their desk is just the accommodation they need to be able to keep pace.  Plan to join us for the next free webinar to discuss Interact-AS Speech-to-Text Captioning – September 20th, 2:00 PM Central time zone. Register here.

Read more >

Upcoming Presentations

by Karen Anderson, PhD, Director of Supporting Success

  • September 22 – ND (Minot)
  • October 12-13 – LA (Lafayette)
  • October 19-20 – MA (Marlborough)
  • November 2 – Manitoba (Winnipeg)

Schedule now for a presentation in 2018!

More presentation details >

Teacher Inservice Time

School Start = Teacher Inservice Time! Each Fall, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing scramble to get into each of their student’s classrooms and inservice the teacher(s) about the impact of hearing loss on educational performance and what the teacher needs to do to ac read more