AG Bell 2016 Session Recaps

Below are my recaps and notes from the 2016 Convention of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Denver, CO.

 

FROM “DREAMERS” TO “VELVET BULLDOZERS”: STOKES’ 6-STAGES

The parental journey from the time of diagnosis to becoming confident in their ability to help their children learn to listen and talk and becoming strong advocates for their children.

 

 We know that talking to children is important, but is just “talking more” really enough?

 

PARENTAL PERSPECTIVES: FUELING SUCCESS IN THE MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM

A panel of five parents of children with hearing loss shared their insights, tips, and wisdom.

 

GLOBAL ISSUES

Three short mini-sessions covering AV training for teachers of the deaf in Vietnam, mentoring Denmark’s first cohort of LSLS professionals, and Danish parents’ perceptions of AVT.

 

2020: REASSESSING TEACHER PREPARATION – THE NEXT DECADE

A session discussing the Fontbonne Clarke Northeast Collaborative, a distance learning master’s degree program in deaf education.

David Sousa, educational neuroscientist and author, discussed how technology is changing the ways students (and teachers!) learn and relate, in ways that are positive, negative, and surprising!

 

ACCELERATING PARENT EFFECTIVENESS: AN EVIDENCE-BASED COACHING MODEL

The presenters shared a five-step checklist they use to help graduate students learn to coach parents.

 

 This session asked “dig deep” questions to help attendees reflect on mentoring and presented numerous resources on coaching, mentoring, and building the “learning partner” relationship.

 

ADVANCING PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES IN POVERTY

How can professionals better serve children and families living in poverty?

 

How can information from the brain help us learn more about who succeeds with hearing technology and why and how they do?

  

THEIR WORDS, THEIR WORLD: CULTURALLY RELEVANT INTERVENTION

How can we honor and enhance family culture to promote excellent outcomes for children with hearing loss from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds?

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