Hear Me Out Blog
Why Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Need Teachers of the Deaf — Now More Than Ever
While COVID-19 has impacted education throughout the country, here in New England we were hopeful in the spring of 2021. Masks seemed to be working. Vaccines were rolling out. Enthusiasm was high in anticipation of a normal school year for
Welcome to Hear Me Out’s new home!
by: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech The Hear Me Out blog will now be available here, at Clarke’s new website! Our redesigned, modern site is mobile-friendly and accessible with the same URL, clarkeschools.org. Visitors can easily request services and refer
Knowing When Extended School Year Support Is Necessary
It’s the time of year when things are starting to wrap up. As we enter spring IEP and transition meetings, I’m noticing a new trend—an unusual number of requests from parents for Extended School Year (ESY) academic summer support services.
Mobile-Friendly Spring Mainstream News Now Available!
The spring issue of Mainstream News, sponsored by Oticon, is now available online and mobile-friendly! Read about our favorite tech tools, the importance of having hearing technology serviced in the summer, how to plan a summer of enriching fun, why quality play matters so
Looking Ahead To Fall
Despite the many ups and downs of this school year, we are moving right along! Spring IEP and planning meetings are being scheduled and teams have begun talking about the fall. While there are still many unknowns, using what we
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
The Hear Me Out blog is 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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About the Hear Me Out Blog
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.