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April 2018 Digital Update

Behavior Tip of the Month
Mood Thermometer

A mood thermometer is a five-point vertical scale that contains the words "Happy, Frustrated, Angry, Nervous, Sad." Each point of the scale also contains a face demonstrating the emotion, a color associated with the emotion (for example, red = angry), and a "what do I do?" column. The parent or teacher can use the mood thermometer to ask the child how they feel and the child can use the faces to determine the word. It is good to start practicing the use of the mood thermometer when the child is in a good mood . For each emotion, the child can list three possible choices of things they can do when they feel that emotion. For example, when I feel nervous, my three choices might be 1) talk to an adult, 2) play a video game for 5 minutes, or 3) use a stress ball until I relax. The mood thermometer can be used with the various emotions to allow the child to understand that they can control their emotions. This replaces giving them something (such as attention, candy, hugs, and so on) until they feel better. This allows the child to learn to calm themselves and to learn self-control.
Blind and Low Vision
legislative breakfast flyerThe ISAC Legislative Breakfast will be April 18, 2018
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Illinois State Capitol.

Click the flyer for more details.
vision conference registrationConference for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss

April 21, 2018--SASED Administrative Center (2900 Ogden Avenue, Lisle) Click the image for the registration form.

For more information, contact [email protected]
Conferences for Parents
of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Click here for more information

Click here to register for South of 80 -- April 21, 2018
Financial assistance may be available
PD and EI credits available
Audio Described Performance at DePaul Children’s Theater

For blind and visually impaired students, DePaul Children’s Theater, with Blind Service Association, offers FREE tickets for three performances this year. All plays have live audio description.
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Thu, 5/10/18
The curtain rises at 10:00 AM at Merle Reskin Theater at 60 E Balbo Drive in Chicago. School groups should inquire about financial assistance with transportation. For more information or to RSVP contact Bill Green at 312-236-0808 or [email protected] 
Summer camp at Illinois School for the Visually Impaired will be June 10-16 in Jacksonville. Click here for more information.
Click the images for the brochure. 
The National Federation of the Blind is offering two BELL Academies in Illinois this summer. One will be in Chicago, July 9-20. The other will be in Springfield, July 30-August 3. Click the flyers for more details or visit

BELL Academy Chicago  BELL Academy Springfield
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Lions Camp brochure page 1 
Lions Camp brochure page 2It's time to think about summer camp! The Lions of Illinois Foundation will be offering several opportunities in 2018. Click here for more information or click on the images for the brochure.
New this year!
Find out about High Adventure Tech Camp for campers aged 13-17.Lions Tech Camp

College and STEM Career Day for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students 
Harper College 
April 7, 2018

Click the Flyer for more details

DEAFest flyer

The April 20, 2018 DEAFest at John A. Logan College is free and open to the public.

Click the flyer for details.
Harper College Deaf Institute
proudly hosts 14th annual Co-ed Volleyball Tournament for high school and college teams

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church
200 N Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL  60194

Adults, $5; Students with ID, $3; Children 12 and under, free (must be accompanied by an adult)

For interested coaches, referees and volunteers, email Debby Sampson at [email protected]
logo--Jesus Christ Super StarThe Lyric Opera of Chicago will be offering a special ASL-Interpreted performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's groundbreaking rock musical! Purchase tickets today for only $20 per seat for the 1:30 PM April 29th performance! For non-group orders, contact Audience Services at 312-827-5600 or for groups of 10 or more, contact Group Sales at 312-827-5613.
Registration is OPEN for the Huskies Pride Run/Walk race which will be held at
John Hersey High School on April 22, 2018!

Over 100 people participated last year!
To register and for more information, go to

All proceeds go towards a scholarship fund. To learn more, visit
Help us Create Future Leaders!
Scholarship Available!
The Oswegoland Optimist Club is providing an opportunity for young people up to grade 12 to compete for a $2,500 scholarship! CLICK HERE to learn more about the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which will be held on April 28, 2018 at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.

*Applications due by April 21, 2018*
gallaudet summer campGallaudet Summer Youth Camps are designed for deaf and hard of hearing middle and high school students up to the age of 19. Programs provide stimulating summer learning and experiential opportunities that blend excitement, education, and enjoyment in a bilingual environment rich in cultural diversity and located just minutes away from the U.S. Capitol. 
The last day to register is Tuesday, May 31st, 2018.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to attend the Institute for Children with Hearing Loss on June 10-15, 2018.Click the flyer for more details. 
En Espanol:
Bridges flyerSave the date!
Bridges 2018 is coming up on June 28 in Bloomington.
Click the flyer for more details. 
Click here to register.
play therapy classPlay Therapy Summer Course at Gallaudet.
July 9-27, 2018. Registration is open now!
To register, click here for the  Gallaudet Summer Courses site and click on "Apply Now."
The Internet can offer some great resources for developing American Sign Language proficiency. Click these images to explore two helpful sites: 

Exciting news from Gallaudet University! Two of their graduates have been cast in a Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God. Click here to read more about it.
self advocacy infographicThe National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes has released a new infographic to support self-advocacy, which has been shown to lead to overall well-being. To see the infographic and to learn more, click here.
New to the ISRC Library
When the championship baseball game gets rained out, ballplayer Braden curls up on the couch and cries. Just another one of his overreactions. Braden always lets small disappointments ruin his day, so his mom and teacher give him a lesson on "flexible thinking." Will this help Braden feel better when disappointment comes his way? Borrow this picture book to find out!

To request this book or any other library resources, contact [email protected]
The ISRC library consists of an expanding collection of over 1,200 items, including books, DVDs, CDs, test kits, toys, and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, blindness, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration. The catalog can be accessed via the Library Page of the ISRC website. Free LibraryWorld apps are also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android users. After installing the apps, set the Library Name to ISTAC. No password is needed.

ISRC library materials may be requested by contacting [email protected] or by calling 847-559-8195. We also accept requests by fax at 847-559-8199. All our resources are free and will be mailed to you with return postage included.

Check out our other newsletters:

ISRC Review highlights our activities, especially those of interest to parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Parent Connections contains parenting tips, resource information and news updates.

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