Creating Peers When There Are No (DHH) Peers

Cultivating and developing friendships can be a real challenge for DHH students.  They may be the only student in the entire school with hearing loss.  And yet, it is critical to their identity for them to feel comfortable in who they are for them to be able to have positive relationships with others, excel at academics, and even advocate for themselves as they go through life.

(Approximately 45 minutes)

Target audience:  Administrators, professionals and parents of a children with hearing loss.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Learners will be able to define the word PEER and IDENTITY and will be able to explain the impact these have in adolescence.  
  2. Learners will identify 10+ emotional characteristics displayed when a child is experiencing feelings of social isolation
  3. Learners will identify 3 teacher behaviors that made deaf/hard of hearing students feel different than their peers and the perceived negative reactions of classmates as a result of these teacher behaviors
  4. Learners will be able to identify at least 6 activities that can build peers relationships for students who are deaf or hard of hearing

 

Stefanie Kessen, M.Ed

Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Stefanie Kessen, creator of The Online Itinerant, has over 20 years experience working with students with hearing loss and building relationships with the team that supports those children. She has been a teacher of all ages, from birth through college age, and works with both signing and oral students of all backgrounds. Stefanie has trained many professionals on working with students with hearing loss from around the state of Wisconsin and the U.S. Her favorite passion is empowering others to feel confident in their role - either as teachers, students, interpreters, or family members.

MCDHH is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Education K12 program is offered for MCDHH is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Education K12 program is offered for .075 PS RID CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level. 

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