With the majority of children with cochlear implants now attending school in public or private mainstream classrooms, parents should be prepared to aid school personnel in understanding and addressing their child's needs. This course will review key topics that can help achieve a favorable classroom environment as well as guidance for the classroom teacher. Among the top tips to be addressed are: FM systems and the school's responsibility for providing them, acoustics, troubleshooting technology, the role of classmates, and best practices for teachers in the classroom.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS NO LONGER OFFERED FOR CEUs
Course created on July 20, 2007
- Participants will be able to discuss how to advise on, or advocate for, FM systems in the classroom.
- Participants will be able to describe the role of the mainstream classroom teacher in providing a positive classroom environment for the child with a hearing loss.
- Participants will be able to explain how to initiate actions to involve classmates in addressing the needs of a child with hearing loss.
Donna L. Sorkin, MA
Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas
Donna Sorkin, M.A. is Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas. In that capacity, she leads a range of activities at Cochlear aimed at the broad life needs of people with hearing loss including Cochlear’s widely acclaimed HOPE program on (re)habilitation for children and adults and their families. Donna was executive director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (now Hearing Loss Association of America) and she also served as executive director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Access Board in 1994 and served two terms. She served on the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board and has advised numerous U.S. businesses on accessibility for people with disabilities. Donna currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Gallaudet University and Colorado Neurological Institute.
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