Repairing Communication Breakdowns in Everyday Situations

(90 minutes)

Communication breakdowns happen to everyone, and more so to students with hearing loss. This session will provide information on ways to assess communication repair needs, and strategies to develop skills.

Learning Objectives: 

The participant will be able to:

1) Identify ways to assess what a student does when he is not understood or does not understand others speaking.

2) Develop skills when the student is not understood by other people when he or she is speaking.

3) Develop skills when the student does not understand what other speakers are saying.


Karen Anderson, PhD

Director, Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

Karen Anderson PhD has worked in clinical, public school and state-level (EHDI) settings and is Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss. Dr. Anderson has received national recognition awards in educational audiology, and speaks nationally and internationally. She is the author or co-author of many practical materials, such as the SIFTER, LIFE-R, and CHILD and co-author of a number of books including Building Skills for School Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom and Steps to Assessment and Editor of the popular e-magazine Teacher Tools to Support the Success of Children with Hearing Loss. She develops free bimonthly Update newsletters that are distributed to 11,000 subscribers.

Gail Wright


Gail Wright earned her BS DHH teaching degree, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Administration and Supervision Certificate. She earned a certificate in Auditory and Spoken Language for the Young Child. Gail has worked in a self-contained program for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, as DHH Program Administrator - but her first love is as an Itinerant Teacher, teaching all ages and a variety of subjects. She is currently serving students in two high schools and working in the Transition Program. Gail is the author of the Monkey Talk and Hear It, Fix It games and is co-author of Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream with Karen Anderson.


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