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Supporting Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Soul Sanctuary

2050 Chevrier Boulevard

Winnipeg, MB R3Y 0T3

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Join us for essential resources, knowledge and tools to build successful learning environments for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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Sessions marked ”WP” are available in-person or via webinar. Sessions marked ”P” are in-person sessions only.

9:15 – 9:45

Understanding Hearing Assessment Reports (WP)

Presenters: Jerri-Lee Mackay and Maxine Flaman

This session will provide an overview of audiograms and related information contained within an audiological report. A brief review of the impact of degree of hearing loss on speech understanding and classroom performance will be provided.

ABCs of ASL (P)

Presenters: Natasha Tuck and Joanna Hawkins

Come and learn about a fascinating visual language: American Sign Language (ASL). You will learn:

  • how ASL constitutes a bone fide language
  • common myths and facts regarding ASL
  • history of ASL
  • ASL development in young children
  • how ASL is processed in the brain
  • ASL and Deaf Culture

We will also share resources to support learning ASL and communicating through ASL

Intended audience: parents, caregivers, early childhood educators, teachers, educational assistants, SLP’s, audiologists, support staff

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9:50 – 10:20

Current Hearing Technology (WP)

Presenters: Jerri-Lee Mackay and Maxine Flaman

This session will provide a brief overview of hearing aids and assistive technology for the classroom (i.e., personal FM and sounfield FM). Benefits, limitations and troubleshooting of devices will be reviewed.

Language Needs – ASL (P)

Presenter: Deborah Goertzen

This session is intended for classroom and resource teachers, educational assistants, parents, speech-language pathologists and other clinicians working with students who are using American Sign Language (ASL). You will learn about the importance of ASL development and communication access, the challenges faced by students using ASL in the school setting and the importance of connections for these students. A variety of strategies and resources you can use to support language learning, academic skills, socioemotional development and overall student success will be shared. Resources for signers/interpreters will also be discussed.

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10:50 – 11:20

Communication Strategies and Access (WP)

Presenter: Janelle Kent

This session is for educators, educational assistants and speech-language pathologists new to working with students with hearing loss in the classroom. Participants will gain a better understanding about what access means and how to overcome any barriers to access in the classroom. Participants will learn key tips on how to ensure students have access to listening, visual supports, language and full participation in the classroom.

Effective Use of Classroom Support Staff (P)

Presenter: Barb Neufeld

When you’re planning your day, one of the things you’ll be thinking about is how to make the best use of the resources available. Aside from educational equipment, planning also includes expertise that is often associated with your DHH students. Supports could take the shape of educational assistants, interpreters, computerized notetakers, Teachers of the Deaf, or other classroom support staff. So now that you have all these resources to assist you, what do you do?

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11:25 – 11:55

Empowerment (WP)

Presenter: Cindy Neil

This session will give you tools to help your students build positive self-esteem; learn to advocate for themselves, and to prepare them for a lifetime course in meeting their own needs.

Assessment (P)

Presenter: Anita Dyck

Conducting assessments with consideration for your students with hearing loss; aka, should assessment be different for students with hearing loss? Come to consider the answer to this and other questions. We know assessment is conducted for many reasons, and always key is ensuring that the tool used measures the skill to be assessed. What is sometimes overlooked is whether that tool is accessible to the student. What makes for fair and appropriate assessment, while still maintaining the integrity of the course, or the psych assessment? The evaluation of and interpretation of the results continue to polarize opinions. Examples of assessments, tools, and samples will be available in this introductory session.

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1:15 – 2:15

Student Panel (WP)

Moderator: Marion Bremner

All conference attendees will hear from a panel of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students will discuss their hearing losses, share their experiences and offer suggestions for school staff to best help them be successful in school and meet their potential.

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2:45 – 3:15

Language Needs – Oral (WP)

Presenter: Jade Fisette

This session is for educators, educational assistants and speech-language pathologists new to working with students with hearing loss that are developing spoken language in the classroom. Participants will gain a better understanding of 5 key strategies that will support understanding of language and 5 key strategies that will support practice and use of language in the classroom.

Additional Needs (P)

Presenter: Lori Dustan Lafond

The population of Deaf students with additional needs is a large and diverse group. Certain causes of deafness can also be associated with a range of neurological complexities. This workshop will present an overview of supports, programming needs, and essential skills for student who are DHH with additional needs. Practical strategies will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share challenges and successes of working with this unique population of students.

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3:20 – 3:50

Environmental Adaptations (WP)

Presenter: Quan Lien

In this 30 minute presentation, the essentials of how to make a classroom accessible for the child who is deaf and hard of hearing will be introduced. We’ll be looking at how to adapt the environment in order to provide optimal learning conditions through the use of visual support, strategic seating, effective verbal communication, and amplification technology. We’ll also be examining how the effects of distance and background noise can become barriers to accessiblity. Suggestions for how to counter these barriers and increase accessibility in order to support the student who is deaf and hard of hearing will be discussed.

Literacy (P)

Presenter: Liana Price

Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing may face a variety of challenges to literacy development. This session will provide an overview of these challenges, as well as offer strategies and resources that can be used to help students develop their skills in this area. Information will be applicable to students who communicate orally and to those who use ASL.

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