Teacher Tools Takeout: Social Conversation

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

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Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
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Teacher Tools Takeout: Cascading Impact of Hearing Loss

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

Free Download: Cascading Impact of Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW
 
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Teacher Tools Takeout: Vocabulary Development: 4 Multiple Meaning Words

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

Free Download: Vocabulary Development – 4 Multiple Meaning Words

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW
 
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Language Attributes: Size and Words

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW
 
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Accommodations for the Child with Unilateral Hearing Loss

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW
 
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Information Exchange Form Supporting Child with Cochlear Implant

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW
 
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Advocacy Notes: Transition Myths

Advocacy Notes: Myths about IEPs, 504s, Higher Education Admissions & Accommodations

Myth #1. Students should be moved from an IEP to a 504 plan for senior year because it “looks better” when they apply to college. Colleges don’t  ask students applying for admissions whether or not they have a disability (they’re not allowed to), and students don’t have to tell them if they don’t want to. Therefore, IEP teams should not let a students’ plan to attend college change the kind of educational plan they’re on as seniors, or take their services away because they’re worried about how this might affect their chances of getting into college. Teams should also know that there is no reason to send students’ IEPs with their applications – colleges don’t ask for this. (Students will register for accommodations after they enroll at college, and they will send their documentation directly to the disability services office.)




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Assessment of Online ACCESS

Assessment of Online ACCESS

The world of education has shifted sharply once we began our societal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, we remain responsible for offering an equal educational opportunity to students with hearing loss. To do so we must identify and address access issues in online learning situations. Some current issues for our students who are DHH are:

  • Concerns about equal access in distance learning
  • Teaching practices to enhance or limit access
  • Ways to gather information that shows a student’s level of access

Equal access was already a challenge! The Title II ADA requirement that schools are required to ensure that communication for students who are deaf and hard of hearing are as effective as communication for others [ADA Title II 28 C.F.R. 35.160 (a)(1)] was already a tall order for students who are hard of hearing since it is a fact that no hearing devices in current existence restore normal hearing ability. Even in a classroom setting the provision of hearing assistance technology, interpreter services, and captioning still are often not sufficient to close the access gap.




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Advocacy Notes: Transition Myths

Advocacy Notes: Myths about IEPs, 504s, Higher Education Admissions & Accommodations

Myth #1. Students should be moved from an IEP to a 504 plan for senior year because it “looks better” when they apply to college. Colleges don’t  ask students applying for admissions whether or not they have a disability (they’re not allowed to), and students don’t have to tell them if they don’t want to. Therefore, IEP teams should not let a students’ plan to attend college change the kind of educational plan they’re on as seniors, or take their services away because they’re worried about how this might affect their chances of getting into college. Teams should also know that there is no reason to send students’ IEPs with their applications – colleges don’t ask for this. (Students will register for accommodations after they enroll at college, and they will send their documentation directly to the disability services office.)

Myth #2. Students should stay on their IEPs because talking about their disability will give their college applications a boost. For parents or professionals who think sending the IEP will put students at an advantage (or think the opposite – that disclosing a disability will put them at a disadvantage), read this post from my blog – Admission Deans from Yale, Muskingum Answer FAQs about the Process for Students with Disabiities.  When it comes to college applications and admissions, students and everyone working with them have a lot of concerns. Even if they know the application won’t ask if the student has an IEP or 504 plan, they worry that students’ transcripts will indicate this in some way. Case managers should ask the right person in the district whether this happens. Transcripts probably don’t state that students had an IEP or 504 plan, but no decision about students’ services should be made without making sure everyone involved has the correct information.

Myth #3. Students should be moved from an IEP to a 504 plan because 504 plans are valid at college Regular readers of my work know there is a lot of misunderstanding about 504 plans. People believe that since Section 504 covers both K-12 schools and colleges, colleges have to follow 504 plans. This is not true. Colleges do have to provide eligible students with accommodations, but this is not because the students had 504 plans. Neither 504 plans nor IEPs are valid after students graduate from high school. One cause for confusion may be that some colleges accept students’ 504 plans or IEPs as documentation (meaning proof) of the disability and may grant students the accommodations they received in high school. This can lead to an understandable misconception that colleges are following students’ 504 plans, but this is not what they’re doing. Colleges may provide the accommodations that students received in high school because the students are eligible and the accommodations are considered appropriate.

Myth #4 – High school students should be taken off of any plan for their senior year because there aren’t accommodations at college for students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD Colleges do provide accommodations for all sorts of disabilities. In some cases, students may even get more accommodations than they received in high school. No one should take away all of students’ accommodations in their senior year because of any misunderstanding about the availability of college accommodations. Ideally, though – by senior year – college-bound students should be trying to work with only the kinds of accommodations they might find available at college. (Of course, each student’s situation is different, and IEP teams must make individualized decisions based on students’ needs.) It is important is that – as early as the 8th grade meeting that writes the plan for 9th grade – all members of the team have a good understanding of what kinds of accommodations colleges typically offer. If college is a goal for students, the plan should be to provide direct instruction in learning strategies and the use of assistive technology so that by senior year, students are ready to function without the supports they’re unlikely to find at college.

     

This article can be found at https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/trans.myths.accoms.hamblet.htm

Elizabeth Hamblet is the author of From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities, a unique step-by-step guide and essential resource for college-bound students, their families, and the special educators and school counselors who work with them.




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Assessment of Online ACCESS

Assessment of Online ACCESS

The world of education has shifted sharply once we began our societal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, we remain responsible for offering an equal educational opportunity to students with hearing loss. To do so we must identify and address access issues in online learning situations. Some current issues for our students who are DHH are:

  • Concerns about equal access in distance learning
  • Teaching practices to enhance or limit access
  • Ways to gather information that shows a student’s level of access

Equal access was already a challenge! The Title II ADA requirement that schools are required to ensure that communication for students who are deaf and hard of hearing are as effective as communication for others [ADA Title II 28 C.F.R. 35.160 (a)(1)] was already a tall order for students who are hard of hearing since it is a fact that no hearing devices in current existence restore normal hearing ability. Even in a classroom setting the provision of hearing assistance technology, interpreter services, and captioning still are often not sufficient to close the access gap.

Encouragement is not the same as effective solutions. A 3/21/20 Supplemental Fact Sheet1 from the US Department of Education clarified that special education and related services can be provided through distance instruction and that many disability-related modifications and services, like captioning and sign language interpreting, may be effectively provided online. The Fact Sheet encouraged parents and educators to collaborate creatively to use high-and low-tech strategies to meet the needs of students with disabilities. This encouragement resulted in a steep learning curve by all teachers, and especially those who work with students who have access issues due to hearing or vision limitations.

All instruction must be fully accessible to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Access Concerns:

  1. a. When teachers provide online instruction during which only a PowerPoint presentation or documents are visible, the student is not able to speechread. Once we go back to meeting face-to-face in schools it is likely that many school staff will wear masks. How much is the student’s access impacted without speechreading?
  1. b. When teachers instruct over an internet streaming service without using a microphone (standard mic that plugs-in to the computer or FM/DM microphone) the speech signal is degraded and adds to comprehension issues. How much is the student’s access to distance learning is impacted without the use of a microphone?

For students with hearing loss to experience equal access, we need to identify barriers first.

Perform a modified Functional Listening Evaluation procedure in an online teaching situation

We know that students with typical hearing respond with 90+% accuracy when listening in noise, even when the noise level is equal to the speech presentation level. It is reasonable to assume that the degradation in sound that occurs when a teacher’s voice is presented over an internet streaming service (like Zoom) will not significantly decrease the speech perception and auditory comprehension ability of students with typical hearing.

For equal access students with hearing loss should be able to perform with at least 90% accuracy during online learning presentations. Ideally, you will have performed the FLE under classroom conditions and have the percent scores under different listening conditions that can be compared to the following.

Suggestions on how to perform this functional check of listening accuracy during online learning:

  1. a. Download and print out the Common Children’s Phrases.
  1. b. Prepare to present Children’s Nonsense Phrases within the Common Children’s Phrases There are 8 lists of 20 items. You can place a + or o next to each sentence to record responses.
  1. c. LIST 1: Use a microphone plugged into your computer as you present and encourage the student to watch your face. Even a standard SmartPhone headset will work with most media devices to improve speech signal clarity. This simulates the best listening condition.
  1. d. LIST 2: Turn off your webcam or do not allow the student to watch your face. Continue to use your microphone. This simulates listening when the teacher is presenting a PowerPoint presentation while livestreaming and her face is not visible.
  1. e. LIST 3: Unplug your microphone and present the list of words in the speechreading condition. These results will indicate how important it is for the student to have the teacher always use a microphone during online learning.
  1. f. LIST 4: Present the nonsense phrases without using the microphone or allowing speechreading. Too many students are currently expected to learn in this situation. With the data you’ve now obtained you can demonstrate the level of barrier to understanding posed by not using a microphone and/or not allowing speechreading.
  1. g. LIST 5 and 6: If you have a mask with a transparent inset available, repeat the conditions with and without using the microphone. This will provide you with some data as to just how important it is for a teacher to use a transparent mask once we return to school, and the potential barrier posed to having the teacher’s face viewed in this manner.

 

Check comprehension of what the student can hear (or see)

Schools have not been excused from conducting assessment or gathering progress monitoring data. Norm-referenced tests have strict administration protocols. That said, modifications can be made as long as they are referenced in the test report with the caveat that use of the norms may not be as accurate as if the original administration protocol was used.

For the purposes of students who are deaf or hard of hearing we really want to know how students perform on auditory (or sign interpreted) comprehension tasks relative to their typical class peers. Results will reflect (1) the degree to which hearing loss is posing as a barrier to comprehension along with (2) the impact of any language issues the student may experience. This is true whether the student is face-to-face in a quiet room, or in an online learning situation.

 

Suggestions for performing assessment of comprehension of spoken information

  1. a. Gather comprehension data using the Oral Passage Understanding Scale (OPUS) for grades K-12. This test only takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It identifies how well a person can integrate and apply knowledge of use of words and word combinations, grammar and inferential meaning.
  1. b. Gather comprehension data using the Listening Comprehension Test 2 for grades 1-6 or the Listening Comprehension Test Adolescent for grades 7-12. This test assesses comprehension of main idea, listening for details, vocabulary, reasoning and understanding messages. It takes about 30 minutes to administer.
  1. c. Conduct an Informal Evaluation of Auditory Comprehension of Information with and without Accommodations. This functional assessment procedure refers to how to conduct comparison testing in a typical classroom environment (or simulated classroom noise vs. quiet). Adapt the procedure to online learning by reading a story and answering comprehension questions with and without a microphone, with and without speechreading, speechreading through a mask, with and without captioning, etc.
  1. d. For hard of hearing students DO NOT ALLOW SPEECHREADING as this is an inconsistent listening condition.
  1. e. If a HAT (FM/DM system) is typically used with the student be sure to use it while performing comprehension assessments.
  1. f. If captioning is typically used during instruction it can be used while performing the assessments.
  1. g. For students who are Deaf and use an interpreter, if at all possible have what you say when administering the test be presented by the interpreter the student uses in the classroom setting. Allow the student to view your face and the interpreter so the student’s ‘triangle of communication’ is as typical as possible.

LIST OF RECOMMENDED ASSESSMENTS: The list includes recommendations for both functional and formal assessments for ages 3-5 years and school-age students. In evaluations, it is appropriate to look closely at social/emotional, self-advocacy, and the possibly subtle phonological/morphological awareness and ‘Swiss cheese’ language skills that impact comprehension and reading fluency.

Read more information on tailoring assessment procedures to the needs of students with hearing loss.

 

References:

  1. 1. March 21, 2020 Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities
  2. 2. The Effect of IQ on spoken language and speech perception development in children with impaired hearing. Cochlear Implants International, (11)1, June, 370-74.



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Teacher Tools Takeout: Does this student have a poor self-concept

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
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Teacher Tools Takeout: Observational Record of Behavior of Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW
 
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Teacher Tools Takeout: LIFE-R 5-point listening response scale

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive
  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout
Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW
 
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Teacher Tools Takeout: Resources – Identifying DHH Student Needs

Introducing Teacher Tools Takeout

from Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

To celebrate the launch of Teacher Tools Takeout, here’s a FREE article for you to download:
Click the thumbnail to start the download or you can also click here

Teacher Tools Takeout is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers but focused on the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. À la carte instructional materials ready when you need them!

  • Takeout accounts will be free for users and submitting authors. Select what you want, when you want.
  • Any files downloaded from Teacher Tools Takeout will be stored in your free account
  • The majority of instructional materials are computer fillable
  • Sort for files by ability level, age/grade range, topic category, Common Core Anchor Standard, or price
  • 300+ free downloadable materials found in the Supporting Success webpages will be in Takeout
  • Materials from some of the Supporting Success publications will be for sale à la carte within Takeout
  • For authors wishing to submit materials for sale in the Takeout store, we will begin accepting materials for review in June 2020. Direct pay of royalty upon sale. Royalty is 55% minus 3% for processing.
  • School Purchase Orders will be accepted to pay for Takeout Each teacher to be provided materials would be set up with a Takeout account and a credit for the amount desired. $25 increments for purchasing districts via POs, $25 increments can be paid for online or use the ‘pick and pay’ option.
  • Categories of instructional information for students on Teacher Tools Takeout include:
    • Advocacy-self-advocacy and self-determination instruction
    • ASL teaching materials – build vocabulary, support writing, using interpreters
    • Assessment checklists, hierarchies, observation forms, interpretation info
    • Deaf Plus – information about supporting students with additional challenges
    • Deaf Studies – deaf history, culture, role models, community
    • Hearing Loss-Student Understanding and awareness of own hearing loss
    • Hearing Technology and Management – teaching and monitoring materials
    • Language Skills – over a dozen subcategories
    • Listening Skills – instruction in basics through comprehension
    • Personal Health – safety, emergency preparedness, sexuality, etc.
    • Reading Skills – phonological awareness, using visual supports, predicting, etc.
    • Self-Concept/Identity – dealing with feelings associated with hearing loss
    • Self-Management – organization, time, study skills, etc.
    • Social Communication Skills – pragmatic language, making friends, social skills
    • Teacher Information – informing teachers/parents on all the categorical areas
    • Transition – career and employment preparedness, transition to adulthood

Teacher Tools Takeout will kick off August 1st with 1000 files and will continue to GROW.

 
Integration with Teacher Tools membership:
Takeout is a new stand-alone venture for Supporting Success that also coordinates with our long-standing Teacher Tools membership.



Each joining and renewing Teacher Tools member will receive

  • Subscription to Teacher Tools e-magazine packed with 60+ pages of instructional materials and information.
  • Over 300 downloadable files free from the Supporting Success website
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered for sale on TakeoutFREE
  • Over 50 downloadable files offered exclusively to subscribers
  • PLUS up to $10 credit to spend in the Takeout

Become a Teacher Tools member to get a big head start on collecting Teacher Tools Takeout materials!  
JOIN NOW


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