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March 25, 2014

Mainstream Services in San Diego


March 25, 2014—Clarke Mainstream Services was invited to present a two-day workshop for the San Diego Unified School District on January 30 and 31, 2014. The workshop, “Students with Hearing Loss in Mainstream Settings: The Path of Success” gave an overview of the challenges students with cochlear implants and hearing aids face in terms of reading and literacy and how these challenges can impact learning in academic subjects.

Mainstream Teachers of the Deaf Heather Stinson and Erin Casioppo presented the workshop. Between the two, they have extensive experience working as K-8, preschool, and itinerant teachers who serve mainstream students everyday. They looked at how assessments and observations should guide teachers’ work with students. Focusing on the key areas of audition, communication, reading and writing and self-advocacy, participants analyzed IEP goals and objectives and how they could be implemented in a collaborative manner supporting what happens in the classroom. Throughout the workshop, the presenters emphasized social pragmatics, maximizing the use of technology and building an awareness of one’s hearing loss.

The conference was a tremendous success. Erin and Heather were very well received by an audience of 100 including itinerant teachers of the deaf, speech and language pathologists, mainstream classroom teachers, administrators and other professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

One attendee called Erin and Heather “...so organized, [they] were so knowledgeable and friendly! Kept us engaged the entire time. Left me wondering if they sleep! Fantastic! Loved it.” Another participant wrote, “This workshop was wonderful! I learned so much and would have loved to hear more. I came out of this workshop with great resources, excellent ideas, and new motivation to work with my students.”