ISRC Digital Update
February 2012
If you have any resources that you would like to share with other teachers, parents, and professionals of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, please share them with us to be included in future issues.

Upcoming Events

~ Illinois Deaf Latino Association hosts: A Valentine's Party. Where: Wendy's on the corner of Western Ave and Addison St. 5pm to 8pm on Thursday February 2, 2012 Wear red/hearts/Valentine's to enter the contest and maybe you will win the prize!

~ Strategies for Teachers in the Mainstream: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment for a Student Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing Workshop - February 3, 2012 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133.

~ MOMS NIGHT INN NORTH to take place this year at the Holiday Inn - Itasca, IL from February 11-12, 2012. For registration or more information visit or 877-350-4556

~ "Chicago KIDS & Parents Club" Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and hearing siblings, and hearing youth of deaf parents ages 0-14!
Presents: Family Polar Adventure Day Saturday, February 18, 2012 FREE!! Northerly Island 1400 S. Lynn White Drive, on the Museum Campus Noon- 4 pm Events: Watch as amazing ice sculptures are created; Enjoy music from the Old Town School of Folk Music - ASL Interpreting; Explore the island while snowshoeing (if there's snow); Live Siberian Huskies, wolf, owl and other live animals; Make a winter craft to take home.
Parking available for $3, cash only
For further information about Polar Adventure Day, contact:
Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing 773.273.6617 Direct Video Phone & Voice
[email protected]

~ Cued Speech Workshop At Illinois State University
Cued Speech: Making Spoken Languages Visible for Communication, Language, and Literacy.
When: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Time : 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: DeGarmo 551
Agenda: Background Information and Introduction to the basics of Cued Speech
Cost: FREE! Lunch will be provided by ISU.
To sign-up for this event, please contact Mrs. Laurie Sexton at [email protected].

~ Tools and Techniques for Assessing and Teaching Language Workshop - February 24, 2012 at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. To purchase the CID TAGS (Teacher Assessment of Grammatical Structures) kit for an additional $50. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133.

~ March 1-3 for The Annual ITHI Conference in Springfield, IL. Information, call for speakers, exhibitors, and sponsor forms can be found at

~ MOMS NIGHT INN CENTRAL 2012 - March 3-4, 2012 Springfield, Illinois. More information to come soon!

~ 11th Annual National EHDI/ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference March 4-6, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri.

~ Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocate of the Year - Tuesday April 17, 2011. Addressing, motivating, and fostering the need for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to learn and USE self-advocacy skills. www.dhhaoy 176 West Banquets 1100 N.E. Frontage Road Joliet, IL 60431 Phone: 815.730.1060

~ Conferences especially for PARENTS and FAMILIES!
~ North of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss March 24, 2012 Rockford
~ South of Seventy Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss April 14, 2012 Mt. Vernon
~ 6th Annual Family Leaders Conference Date: April 28, 2012 Location: Spaulding Pastoral Center, Peoria, IL. Featuring an exciting new presentation from Paula Kluth. Watch for Registration Information, coming soon!
~ Parent Infant Institute Illinois School for the Deaf June 10 - 15, 2012 Jacksonville, IL
~ The Institute for Parents of Preschool Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing will take place in Jacksonville, Illinois on June 11-15th, 2012. During Institute, children are evaluated by professionals with expertise in the field of hearing loss, while their parents attend classes. Siblings through the age of 7 are welcome to attend also. This is a unique opportunity for parents to share, learn, and meet other parents. For more information, go to:
English version-
Spanish version-

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. ISRC Newsletter JUST for parents
  3. Top Ten Ways to Soothe a Tantrum
  4. Dr. Seuss in ASL!!
  5. DeafYoga
  6. Understanding Individuals who are Deaf and Low Functioning
  7. A Glove that Teaches ASL!?
  8. The American Academy of Audiology presents...
  9. Free Printable Behavior Charts for Parents and Teachers!
  10. National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs (NREPP)
  11. Just Like You, A Children's Book About Acceptance and Inclusion - using a deaf mouse!
  12. In Our Library: Managing Noncompliance and Defiance in the Classroom by Geoff Colvin (book)


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ISRC Newsletter JUST for parents

The Illinois Service Resource Center now develops a monthly newsletter especially geared for parents. Please feel free to sign up for our e-mailing list by contacting us at a [email protected]. Teachers, Principals, Supervisors, Schools, Special Education Cooperatives, Districts, and more are encouraged to distribute the newsletter to parents for their information. All previous newsletters are/will be archived on the ISRC website and the current newsletter will be linked in the right hand column of our Digital Update.

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Top Ten Ways to Soothe a Tantrum

"Meltdowns, tantrums, and outbursts. Whatever you choose to call them, if you are a parent to a small child, you and your little one have been there before! And, if you are out in public and it's your child, it's easy to feel like all eyes are on you! It's also easy to lose sight at what is actually happening; these bouts of frustrations are merely our children struggling to communicate their needs with us as they are learning our words. But it doesn't have to feel like a constant battle. Here are some easy suggestions to help channel your toddler's frustrations and change their grumpy little moods quickly and painlessly!"

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Dr. Seuss in ASL!!

Xpressive Handz

This is a simple blog about hearing loss, deafness, life experiences and various interests of a Fifty-Something year old woman who could be anybody's mom, anybody's grandma, anybody's friend. I volunteer at a private school one morning a week teaching children from Preschool to Second Grade the beauty of Sign Language. I became deaf late in life.

In her blog posted on January 6, 2012 she shared a video of Keith Wann in his interpretation of the popular Dr. Seuss story "Oh the Thinks You Can Think."

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"In 2004 Lila Lolling, a hearing yoga instructor and former American Sign Language interpreter, decided to combine her two passions and launched DeafYoga. Lolling says that in order to teach yoga to deaf students, accommodations to traditional yoga instruction need to be made." Read more at:

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Understanding Individuals who are Deaf and Low Functioning

"Current population estimates indicate that there are approximately 54 million Americans with disabilities (U.S. Civil Rights Commission, 1998). Extrapolating from data reported by Holt and Hotto (1994) leads us to estimate that 23.1 million-or 43%-of these Americans with disabilities are persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. These data highlight the fact that persons with a hearing loss comprise the largest chronic physical disability group in the United States. The successful education and rehabilitation of persons with deafness or hearing loss pose a significant challenge to families, education and rehabilitation professionals, and the individuals themselves. These challenges include the diversity within the group with regard to hearing loss, the presence of an additional disability, the cultural issues associated with deafness, minority cultural membership, the economic status and geographic residence of the family, and the availability of appropriate education and rehabilitation services."

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A Glove that Teaches ASL!?

"The AcceleGlove ties into a camera and PC software to act as an input device for American Sign Language. Currently, software extends to learning functionality, with a tutorial input program and more advanced translation software." "It's pretty pacey and certainly detects subtle changes that distinguish letters. The two-way gesture translator can apparently translate over 25,000 English words and phrases into ASL, with the ability to translate gestures into both text and speech."

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The American Academy of Audiology presents...

...customizable PowerPoints!! Often times the hardest part about presenting audiology and hearing protection is creating the resources to use while presenting. The Academy has created the following customizable PowerPoint presentations to help.

Use these presentations to teach students about the field of audiology, present an in-service program at your clinic or hospital, conduct a lunch-and-learn with referring physicians in your area, or give a presentation at your local community center for parents or seniors.

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Free Printable Behavior Charts for Parents and Teachers!

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National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs (NREPP)

is a searchable online registry of more than 210 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Just Like You, A Children's Book About Acceptance and Inclusion - using a deaf mouse!

"An endearing tale about Henry, a deaf field mouse and his best friend Boris, a spider with a bad leg who are bullied. They live in The Piney Forest with the other animals who tease and taunt them because they don't act, walk or talk like the others. After repeated attempts to fit in, a discouraged Boris and Henry are forced to stay by themselves. When fire threatens their forest homes, Boris and Henry rally to help their fellow critters and teach us about character and honor."

Just Like You is available through the Just Like You Foundation for $16.95 plus shipping. 100% of the profit from each sale is earmarked by the buyer to one of four charities.

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In Our Library

Managing Noncompliance and Defiance in the Classroom by Geoff Colvin (book)

Summary: Systematic approach to classroom management provides evidence-based strategies for assessing student insubordination and offers guidelines for developing individual intervention plans that improve cooperation.

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**Remember our materials are free to borrow and will be mailed to you directly with return postage included. You are invited to take advantage of this extremely valuable resource. The library consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videotapes, audiotapes, test kits, and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration. For more information or to request a specific item, please call ISRC at (847)559-8195 or (800)550-4772, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit **

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