Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A note from Tracy...

Hi All!Hope you're enjoying the school year and that all are healthy and happy!I thought you might enjoy this website written by a mom about her daughter. Very cute and family friendly. Check it out

~CONGRATULATIONS to Kim and Molly--they have received their DTH credential and are ready for business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Chris makes me laugh!

She and I are taking the same on-line class. Our class was cancelled this evening, so we were just chatting in the chat room. I mentioned that I am starting physical therapy this week. She asked me if it was "family centered", LOL!

Thanks for the laugh!

Sharing a Vision Conference

Tracy sent this info to share. She also mentioned that the Preconference is a separate, one-day event, and that evening might be a good meeting time for those of us who attend.

Sharing a Vision Preconference

Functional Hearing and Vision Screening

A Free Hearing & Vision Connections Training Opportunity

October 17, 2007


Crowne Plaza
3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL

Presented by: Nancy Scott and Mindy Ely

Lunch on your own

Please register online at www.morgan.k12.il.us/isd/hvc.
HVC phone/TTY (217) 479-4318

Registration for this Preconference is separate from registration for the Sharing a Vision Conference

CPDU 5 credit hours
EI 5 credit hours Assessment

Description: This is a one-day training split between the topics of hearing and vision. In vision, participants will learn how and who to screen as well as who is at risk of vision impairments, warning signs, types of screening tools, and when/how to refer for further assessment/services. In hearing, participants will learn the types and causes of hearing loss, it’s impact on development, use of a screening questionnaire, when/how to screen, and when/how to refer for further assessments and services.

EI Providers and Families,

The 10th Illinois Statewide Collaborative Early Childhood Conference will be held Oct.17-19, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, IL. The pre-conference will take place on October 17, 2007 and will feature a full day of trainings offered through the Early Intervention Training Program. The Training Program will offer half-day sessions on:
Sibling Perspectives of a Brother with Cerebral Palsy;
Professional Boundaries in Natural Environments;
Working with African American Families;
Providers Helping Families with Transition (This session will include a panel discussion).
The Training program will also offer as a pre-conference session, a full-day workshop on
Developing Meaningful Intervention Plans for Families.
Go to www.illinoiseitraining.org and click on Upcoming EI Training Calendar (search by date) for more information on and to register for the pre-conference sessions. This pre-conference is free (a box lunch will be available for purchase). For additional information contact Lucy Gimble at 866-509-3867.
Providers who wish to attend the full conference taking place on October 18 & 19, 2007 will need to pay a registration fee of $150. Complete information on the full Sharing A Vision Conference schedule is available at www.sharingavision.org . Sharing A Vision is recognized as one of Illinois’ premiere early childhood conferences. The 2007 conference features internationally renowned presenters, a full menu of workshops, many approved for EI credit, hot topic discussion sessions, networking opportunities, a children’s Creative Art Gallery, and vendor exhibits.
Hope to see you there!
Ted Burke, Director
Illinois Early Intervention Training Program
7550 W. 183rd Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Northern gals...

How are you weathering the storms? I have been worried about you! Check in!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

An email from HEAR...

(I just received this email from H.E.A.R. and wanted to share with anyone not on their mailing list...)

Hello All,
This email is to inform all of you we, Highlighting Education andResources (H.E.A.R.), are back in business! We are able to providetechnical assistance and training opportunities to parents, schools,administrators, and staff who work with students who are deaf or hard ofhearing!We are able to provide trainings on most of the topics listed below:

A little hearing loss is a Big Thing, Socialization, Teaming, DeafCulture, Functional Assessment, Grieving the Loss of the Perfect Child,Growing Up Deaf, Raising Deaf Children, Parent-ProfessionalPartnerships, Transition in Deaf Education, Working with Children whoare deaf or hard of hearing, Assistive Technology, Classroom Acoustics,Cochlear Implants, Language Development, Phonics, Reading Techniques,Supporting Speech and Language, Role of the Educational Interpreter,Survival Signs and Gestures, Troubleshooting Equipment

*HEAR Modules were developed with funding from theIllinois State Board of Education*If you are interested in scheduling a training or have any questionsplease feel free to call or send and email to me at: 877-339-2686(v/tty) or sarah.scott@illinois.gov We look forward to hearing from you!

Sarah Scott, AssistantHighlighting Education and Resources (H.E.A.R.)
125 S. Webster Ave. Jacksonville, IL 62650877-339-2686
(Toll Free)217-479-4328 (fax)
sarah.scott@illinois.gov (email)
http://morgan.k12.il/us/isd/hear (website)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Upcoming HOPE seminar...

Dear HOPE Participant:Our next HOPE Online seminar, "Partnering with your CI Audiologist: How toGet the Best MAP Possible for your Child" is aimed at parents of childrenwith cochlear implants but it is also of interest to anyone working withchildren with cochlear implants under early intervention or in educationalsettings. Our presenter, Terry Zwolan, is a cochlear implant audiologistat the University of Michigan who provides a very accessible discussion ofthe topic. Please note that since this will be given twice on the sameday, individuals need to sign up for a particular timeframe.We will be offering CEUs from both ASHA and AAA and captioning will beprovided.All of our courses are recorded and archived and are available for replayat any time. There are 40+ recorded courses available on a range oftopics. For sign-up and the full listing of HOPE events, go to:


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Starnet Trainings

I know this is not new to many of you, but in case someone is not familiar with Starnet, I wanted to mention some upcoming FREE trainings. There are several titled "Transitioning Children from Early Intervention to Early Childhood". This might be of interest of some of the new DTH's out there :) This link will take you to a list of workshops....



Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Lyra's Listening Box

Or whatever she called it. You know, the one with the sets of duplicate toys. I can't seem to find a list of everything in there. I remember babies, cows, airplanes and horses. What else was in there? Also, if you have any ideas where to find items for the box, please add that as well. Just click on "comments" below to respond.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Thanks- Cohort 1

for the awesome cake!!!

I found a snafu...

in the link for emailing posts. It has now been fixed, I think. I know Tracy tried to send me something, but I did not receive it. If anyone else tried to send something, please click on the link and send again. In fact, if anyone can send me something, just to check the link, that would be great!

Friday, July 27, 2007


send me some links you would like to have included here :)


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hello Pioneers!

and Cohort 1 (y'all really need to get a name!) I am creating this as a way for us to keep in touch, as well as a place to put questions and ideas out there for discussion among the Auditory/Oral Development Specialists. So, I'll try to keep up on this as best as I can. I'll continue to play around with the blog to try to make it meet our needs. If there are things that you'd like to see done with it, let me know.

I considered a message board, but found that those are a lot of work. I will be easy for us to make comments here, and the upkeep is pretty easy. I guess to start with, I will have my email address as a link on the home page. When you have something to post, just email it to me, and I will cut and paste it to the blog. If it looks like this may get used a lot, I may bring in a few more "authors" to help.

Cohort 1- this would be a great place to ask questions about practicum. I'm sure that as varied as the pioneers experiences were, someone will have ideas, suggestions, etc. for you :)