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Webinar Series for Families: Addressing Social Obstacles for School-Aged Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Do you find yourself helping your child with hearing loss navigate social obstacles at school or in your community? Does your child come home exhausted or upset after play dates? This webinar explores common social challenges that children who are deaf and hard of hearing face when interacting and communicating with others using listening and spoken language. You will hear directly from students, families and professionals about their experience with social challenges and how to overcome them. Attendees will learn strategies to be proactive in giving their children tools to gain awareness of how their hearing loss impacts them and to advocate for their needs in social settings.

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Katie Jennings, MED, LSLS Cert., AVEd.

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Katie Jennings, MED, LSLS Cert., AVEd.

Mainstream coordinator, teacher of the deaf

Katie is a Mainstream Coordinator and a teacher of the deaf at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, where she closely works with families, professionals and students ranging from early intervention through high schoolKatie holds her Master’s Degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College and her Undergraduate Degree in Deaf Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Before working at Clarke, Katie taught children with hearing loss in the New Orleans Public Schools. Throughout her 13 years as a teacher of the deaf, Katie has provided direct and consultative services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing who are mainstreamed into their public schools. Katie is an adjunct professor for Fontbonne University’s Master’s Program in Education of the Deaf where she teaches courses on mainstreaming students who are deaf and hard of hearing and developing their language skills. Katie has presented at a variety of local and nation-wide conferences focused on children who are deaf and hard of hearing who are mainstreamed into their public schools. 

Claire Ferraro, MED, LSLS Cert., AVEd.

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Claire Ferraro, MED, LSLS Cert., AVEd.

Early intervention coordinator, teacher of the deaf

Claire currently oversees the early intervention program for Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Boston. She co-leads weekly caregiver-focused early intervention groups. In addition, she works with students who are deaf and hard of hearing who are mainstreamed into their public schools from preschool through high school. Claire received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Keene State College and received her Master’s degree in Deaf Education Aural Habilitation from the University of Hartford. Claire has been certified as an Auditory Verbal Educator since October 2014 and is a LSLS mentor to other professionals in the field. Prior to working for Clarke, Claire worked with children who are deaf or hard of hearing for CREC Soundbridge. Claire is an active member of Clarke’s Pyramid Model Leadership team in Boston which focuses on developing healthy social emotional development for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.   

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