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Heather Stinson

Our Students are Children First

    There’s no denying it: the feeling of teacher burnout is real. Winter months are hard in New England in a regular school year, and the added stress of the constantly changing school models—remote to hybrid and back again—safety concerns

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Heather Stinson

Check out the Winter Issue of Mainstream News!

by: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech The Winter issue of Mainstream News, sponsored by Oticon, is now available online!  Read about learning regression and how to prevent it, learn best practices for a successful college search (particularly in a pandemic), understand the crucial partnership

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Heather Stinson

“So, which mask is the best?”

    As itinerants, I’m sure we’ve all been asked this question by school teams. I also continue to see this question posted in forums and in Facebook groups. I’ve decided to answer it for you here. Get ready- it’s not

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Heather Stinson

Time to Hit Restart

“I’m exhausted. Like, really exhausted.” “I hate this.” “I have so much work that it’s… it’s mind blowing.” “I feel like I’m running and running and running… and if I stop, I’m going to crash.” This is what students said

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Heather Stinson

Check Out the Fall Issue of Mainstream News

 by: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech The Fall issue of Mainstream News, sponsored by Oticon, is now available online!  Discover tips for protecting children from cyber bullying, read what Clarke professionals have learned through remote services, understand how to support literacy

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Heather Stinson

School in the Time of COVID

Welcome back, itinerants! Like me, I’m sure most of you have been working throughout the summer to prepare for a school year unlike any other! I have students learning in every possible format—remote, in-person, hybrid, fully outdoors… and the list

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The Hear Me Out blog provides unique resources for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It's a forum for itinerant teachers of the deaf to share their experiences as they grow as professionals! It is produced by Clarke's Mainstream Services team as part of our mission to support children with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them.

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Itinerant teachers of the deaf (TOD) provide direct services to children with hearing loss in mainstream schools, consultation to their teachers and professional development to school staff. Itinerant TODs travel to a child’s neighborhood school to provide one-on-one educational support, foster listening and spoken language development and help children build social and self-advocacy skills. They also act as a liaison between the family and their mainstream school. Hear Me Out provides a unique forum for these special teachers to share their experiences as they grow as professionals.

Hear Me Out is produced by Mainstream Services at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech as part of our mission to support children with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them.

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About the Author

Heather Stinson (CAGS, MED, S/LP-A) received her master’s degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College in 2006 and a graduate certificate in Children, Families, and Schools (with a concentration in research methodology) from the University of Massachusetts in 2012. In addition to her many years of experience working with children with hearing loss who communicate using listening and spoken language, Heather has also worked as a preschool classroom teacher.

Heather has presented both locally and nationally on issues related to mainstreaming students with hearing loss and is a contributing author to Odyssey magazine. Heather currently works as an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Clarke Mainstream Services, a program of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.

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