Family Matters!                   MARCH 18, 2017

​Session Details - 2017


Keynote Address:  "Audiologist by day, Super-HEAR-o by night:  Tips for being emPOWERed"

Presetner: Tina Childress, AuD CCC-A


A-D-V-O-C-A-T-E…noun or verb?  Yes!   This presentation will be an overview of a variety of topics including accessibility, communication, technology and connecting with others. The presenter will use her unique perspective as a professional, individual with hearing loss and sharer of information to highlight resources and tips that can be used immediately.


Session A:  "Connect and Discover:  Tools for our super-HEAR-o belt!"

Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A


For someone with hearing loss, there are many options when it comes to assistive technology.  Sometimes they even seem like superpowers!  Whether the individual uses their residual hearing or is completely a visual/manual communicator, there are a multitude of ways to connect with the world around them. Come and learn about CURRENT technology because we know that this is always evolving! Resources will also be shared.


​​Session B:  " The Art of Self-Determination"

Janel Frost and Carla Kelley


​A goal for parents and service providers is have our children/students be able to one day be self-sufficient, independent and productive adults.  The degree to which a person has control of their lives is associated with Independence and ultimately more positive outcomes.   We will take a close look at how to help our children/students build that independence through self-determination and advocacy.  We will also, look at the self-directed IEP and provide strategies for parents and service providers to engage children/students into becoming more self-determined advocates.  

Objectives:
1. Understand the importance of self-determination for success across all areas of life.
2. Understand the Role of Parents and Service providers in developing a self-determined child.
3. Develop strategies that promote self-determination and advocacy, including self-directed IEP’s.


​Session C:  Supports for Families that have a Child with Hearing Loss and Additional Disabilities

Jennifer Bigelow-Stambaugh, MSA and Lisa Huckleberry


Join DeafBlind Central and Children’s Special Health Care Services to learn more about available supports for children and youth with a hearing loss and additional disabilities including vision loss.  DeafBlind Central is a grant funded project supporting families and professionals associated with a child/youth with combined vision and hearing loss.  Our services include family support, consultation, lending library, information dissemination, training and opportunities to connect with other families that have a child with combined vision and hearing loss.  All services are provided at no cost. 

Additionally, learn how Children’s Special Health Care Services and the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs can help to support you and your family.  From care coordination to conference scholarships to trainings, come join us for an overview of the unique supports for families of children and youth with special health care needs.


​​Session D:  How to be a Self-Care Superhero

Karen Wisinski and Kristen Hawkins


Power up your “Self-Care Super Skills” in this session co-presented by two parents who recognize and promote the importance of self-care through their work with families. Presenters will focus on the benefits, barriers, and strategies for self-care specifically for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This presentation will be a combination of lecture, interactive discussion, brainstorming, and activities. The workshop will include a self-care exercise that participants can take home with them to get them started on the track to becoming a Self-Care Superhero!​

FAMILY MATTERS! A FUN-FILLED, ONE-DAY WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING.

2017 Agenda


Child- and teen- friendly activities will be available throughout the day. For an overview of these activities, click here.


8:30 a.m.                          Registration Begins

​                                            Classrooms Open


9:30 - 9:35 a.m.              Opening Announcements


9:35 - 10:45 a.m.            Keynote Address: Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A

                                             "Audiologist by day, Super-HEAR-o by Night: Tips for Being emPOWERed."




10:45 - 11:30 a.m.          Panel: "Super Support Groups: How we can help!"


​11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch (provided)

                                             Exhibitors Available


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.               Concurrent Sessions

                                             Session A:  Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A

​                                             "Connect and Discover:  Tools for our super-HEAR-o belt!"




                                             Session B:  Janel Frost and Carla Kelley

                                             " The Art of Self-Determination"




                                             Session C:  Jennifer Bigelow-Stambaugh, MSA and Lisa Huckleberry

                                             Supports for Families that have a Child with Hearing Loss and Additional Disabilities




2:00 - 2:15 p.m.               Break


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.               Concurrent Sessions

                                             Session A:  Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A
​                                             Connect and Discover:  Tools for our super-HEAR-o belt!


                                             Session B:  Janel Frost and Carla Kelley
                                              The Art of Self-Determination


                                             Session D:  Karen Wisinski and Kristen Hawkins

                                             How to be a Self-Care Superhero




3:15 - 3:30 p.m.               Closing Announcements


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.               Kids Talent Show


​4:30 - 5:00 p.m.               Exhibitors Available