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1 No Excuses! Know the Excuses for Accessing Services Provided by the Louisiana School for the Deaf Presented by LSD Educational Support Services Staff

2 Session Presenters Phoebe Weaver –Director, Educational Support Services Donna Embree –Coordinator, Parent-Pupil Education Program Connie Greenlee –Coordinator, Statewide Assessment Center for the Hearing-Impaired Persis Daniels –Educational Audiologist Lynne Gomez –Coordinator, Sign Language/Interpreting Services touching tomorrow…today

3 Louisiana School for the Deaf

4 LSD Offers Services

5 Parent-Pupil Education Program Ms. Donna Embree Coordinator touching tomorrow…today

6 WHAT is the Parent-Pupil Education Program? Free outreach service provided by the Louisiana School for the Deaf Established in 1969 Services families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth through school age Emphasis on early intervention

7 WHO? Any child with a diagnosed hearing loss

8 WHEN? Immediately after diagnosis

9 WHY? 1 to 3 per 1,000 babies have hearing loss 20% of these have profound hearing loss Hearing loss develops after birth in up to 3% more Low awareness among professionals about prevalence and options LA Law Act 652 requires hospital screening LA formed Sound Start program under DHH

10 Sound Start Louisianas early hearing loss detection and intervention program Identifies infants at risk Provides appropriate service to the child and his/her family in a timely manner Dual referral to Part C Early Steps and to Parent-Pupil Education Program for family education and training

11 WHERE? Throughout the state of Louisiana.

12 WHERE? Services are provided in the home/community – natural environment and educational settings

13 BY WHOM? Certified teacher of the deaf who specializes in the education of families of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing

14 WHY? To assist families in enhancing natural interaction and communication with their child

15 WHAT? Parent Advisors provide families with information and training about the implications of hearing loss:

16 WHAT? Parent advisors provide assistance in the development of communication skills: Language, Listening, Speech

17 Communication choices: Oral, Sign Language, Cued Speech

18 Use of Amplification Hearing aids Cochlear implants Assistive listening devices

19 HOW? Parent to Parent Support

20 HOW? Consultation and collaboration with other services providers, including: Early Interventionists Family Service Coordinators Therapists Audiologists LEA teachers and Pupil Appraisal teams

21 HOW? Networking, Networking, Networking

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23 Statewide Assessment Center for the Hearing Impaired Mrs. Connie Greenlee Coordinator touching tomorrow…today

24 Statewide Assessment Center for the Hearing Impaired Who should be referred for evaluation? –Any student with a hearing impairment Why refer to SWAC-HI? –Mode of communication –Philosophies of education of the deaf –Opportunity to tour LSD program

25 SERVICES Audiological Evaluation Educational Assessment Speech/Language Assessment Social/Emotional Assessment

26 Audiological Services Mrs. Persis Daniels Educational Audiologist touching tomorrow…today

27 Educational Impacts Lower academic achievement Inattention Inappropriate responses Dependency on visual clues Speech problems Fatigue Poor self-concept

28 Multi-Sensory Instructional Strategies Reinforce eye contact Pair visual clues with auditory information

29 Multi-Sensory Instructional Strategies Use demonstrations, pictures, etc… for comprehension Check comprehension through questions related to the subject Write assignments on the board Assign a Listening Buddy

30 Classroom Modifications Preferential seating Provide good acoustic surroundings and adequate lighting Seat student away from noise sources Minimize background noise

31 Assistive Technology Hearing Aids FM Amplification Systems Infra-red Amplification Systems

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35 Services Available to LSD Students Durable medical equipment provider Loaner hearing aids FM and infrared amplification systems Cochlear implant programming

36 Interpreting Services Mrs. Lynne Gomez Coordinator touching tomorrow…today

37 When is an interpreter needed? Interpreting vs. Communicating

38 What conditions must exist for successful use of an interpreter? Childs language ability Social and emotional issues (of hearing impaired child and his/her classmates) Classroom protocol needs

39 LSD Guidelines for Mainstreaming Student interest Faculty support Active participation of student Parental agreement and active support Inclusion of mainstreaming on students IEP

40 Admissions and Records Mrs. Connie Greenlee Coordinator touching tomorrow…today

41 WHO should consider LSD? A student with hearing impairment, who –Struggles in the educational environment –Exhibits social-emotional needs –Exhibits language deficits Oral/aural not sufficient Use of an interpreter not effective Need for immersion in a signing environment

42 HOW to Enroll at LSD Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) Referral Parent Option More Restrictive Environment Evaluation

43 Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) Referral Need current evaluation Current IEP supports the referral

44 Parent Option Parent Choice –Appropriate Program in LEA –Appropriate Program at LSD Letter from parent requesting enrollment under Parent Option Law Copy of evaluation Verbal statement, letter, or IEP indicating LEA has appropriate program

45 More Restrictive Environment Evaluation Parish refers through IEP Student attends LSD during evaluation period LSD writes goals and objectives Placement is decided at MRE/IEP meeting

46 WHEN to Consider LSD Anytime is Great! However… –Beginning of year, grading period or semester is best – Typical enrollment times: 3 years old Third grade Middle school High school

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48 In the Future Distance Learning –Sign Language Classes –LDE, LSD and LEA collaboration via videoconferencing touching tomorrow…today

49 Related Links: General Information about Deafness LSD SignPost (school website)www.lalsd.org Deaf Education informationwww.deafed.net Clerc Center at Gallaudet Universityhttp://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/infotogo National Institute on Deafnesswww.nedcd.nih.gov

50 Related Links: Organizations A.G. Bell Association for the Deafwww.agbell.org Auditory-Verbal Intl.www.auditory-verbal.org Cochlear Implant Associationwww.cici.org League for the Hard of Hearingwww.lhh.org National Association of the Deafwww.nad.org

51 Related Links: Organizations Self Help for Hard of Hearing Peoplewww.shhh.org National Cued Speech Associationwww.cuedspeech.org SEE Center for the Advancement of Deaf Childrenwww.seecenter.org

52 Related Links: Sign Language

53 Related Links: Sign Language (ASL Program at Northeastern University)www.asl.neu.edu (Model Policy for Law Enforcement on Communication with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/lawenfmodpolicy.htm

54 Related Links: Catalog Resources Gallaudet Presshttp://gupress.gallaudet.edu Adco Hearing Productswww.adcohearing.com Dawn Sign Presswww.dawnsignpress.com Butte Publishingwww.buttepublishing.com Harris Communicationswww.harriscomm.com Modern Sign Presswww.modsigns.com

55 Related Links: Audiological Information Cochlear Implant manufacturers sites: Hearing aids: Information about FM assistive listening systems

56 For More Information Conference presentation materials and other resources are available on the SignPost, our school website: Go to and click on Resources – LEADS 2006 Know the Excuseswww.lalsd.org touching tomorrow…today

57 Contact Information Phoebe Weaver – Director, Educational Support Services Donna Embree - Coordinator, Parent-Pupil Education Program Connie Greenlee – Coordinator, Admissions/Records, SWAC-HI Persis Daniels – Educational Audiologist Lynne Gomez - Coordinator, Sign Language/Interpreting Services Patricia Mann – Contact for Parish Evaluations or School Tours touching tomorrow…today

58 No Excuses! Know the Excuses for Accessing Services Provided by the Louisiana School for the Deaf Presented by LSD Educational Support Services Staff


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