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Maiorana-Bases, Michella – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2018
Since its beginning, the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals has been steeped in a debate around language, as professionals have clashed in a debate on whether signed or spoken language should be used as the primary language of instruction and communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This has created a condition in…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, American Sign Language
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English, Akilah – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2018
In recent years, deaf and hard of hearing people have raised awareness about the importance of providing early intervention, support, and resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, emphasizing the importance of using American Sign Language (ASL). With ASL, parents and educators can capitalize on the child's vision to ensure he or she is…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Multicultural Education, Deafness, Hearing Impairments
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Giese, Karla – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2018
Cued Speech is a visual mode of communication in which mouth movements of speech combine with "cues" to make the sounds (phonemes) of traditional spoken languages look different. Cueing allows users who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have language/communication disorders, to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages…
Descriptors: Cued Speech, Oral Communication Method, Visual Learning, American Sign Language
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French, Martha M.; Searls, Susan C. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2018
Teachers and speech-language specialists at New York's Early Childhood Center, Rochester School for the Deaf, gather regularly to talk about their students and discuss strategies for expediting students' language development. These communities of practice meeting offer a collaborative approach to understanding students and helping improve their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Cooperative Planning, Special Schools
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Vesey, Kathleen M. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2017
This article describes the experiences of some of the many families of the deaf and hard of hearing children who come to Shared Reading Saturdays at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The program, which includes monthly gatherings and is coordinated by the NECC's Gallaudet University Regional Center, features deaf…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Multilingualism, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills
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Hopkins, Karen – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2017
On Mackworth Island, not far from Portland, the Mackworth Island Preschool Program at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (MECDHH/GBSD) helps deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children flourish. At MECDHH/GBSD, instructors immerse students, 3-5 years old, in American Sign Language…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Hearing Impairments, Deafness, Immersion Programs
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Mitchiner, Julie; Gough, Michelle – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2017
Helping young deaf and hard of hearing children explore ASL and English is one of the important jobs with which the preschool teachers who work with those children are tasked. Learning ASL and English, the children will become bilingual, fluent in the two languages they will use throughout their lives. Working with two languages requires planning.…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Preschool Children, American Sign Language
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Santini, Joseph – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2017
Among the fields that particularly lack images of diverse participants are those of science, technology, engineering, and math, fields captured under the acronym STEM. Often in STEM fields, images and experiences of deaf and hard of hearing children, children of color, and young women are rare or absent altogether, with the result that these…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, STEM Education, American Sign Language
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Dolman, David; Rook, Laurie – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2017
This article describes and evaluates one residential school for the deaf and hard of hearing, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD), and their experience in implementing the Fairview Learning program. The program consists of five components (Schimmel & Edwards, 2003). Two of the components--phonemic awareness and literature-based…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Residential Schools, Program Implementation
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Perrodin, Brenda – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2017
Brenda Perrodin is a teacher in the Parent-Infant Program at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES), on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. With a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in family-centered early education from Gallaudet…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Special Schools, American Sign Language
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Herzig, Melissa P. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2017
In response to the need for deaf and hard of hearing students to facilitate literacy in American Sign Language (ASL) and to put as much focus on developing students' ASL skills as they usually do on developing their English skills, Melissa Herzig has created a curriculum entitled "Creating the Narrative Stories: The Development of the…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Centered Curriculum, American Sign Language, Literacy
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Mertes, Jennifer – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2015
Brain imaging studies suggest that children can simultaneously develop, learn, and use two languages. A visual language, such as American Sign Language (ASL), facilitates development at the earliest possible moments in a child's life. Spoken language development can be delayed due to diagnostic evaluations, device fittings, and auditory skill…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, American Sign Language, English, Deafness
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Baer, Joey; Osbrink, Rory – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2015
Deaf students are visual learners, and technology should be part of every bilingual classroom. However, deaf students need to learn to manipulate the hardware and software that allows them to express themselves and to advance their knowledge. Students need to understand what is meant when they are referred to "ASL text" or…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Bilingualism, Audience Awareness, Video Technology
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Herzig, Melissa; Malzkuhn, Melissa – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2015
In recent years, researchers have turned their attention to the cognitive impact of bilingualism, and the benefits of using two languages have become increasingly apparent. Children raised in bilingual families exhibit stronger awareness of the style and tone of language, stronger cognitive development, and higher levels of reading skill than…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Computer Oriented Programs
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Valcourt-Pearce, Catherine C. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2015
Thanks to the generous sharing of the author, in this article, we learn about the progress and difficulties her family experienced and learned to cope with in dealing with their son Cree (the second of four boys). The author explains how this hearing-impaired family has used American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary mode of communication at…
Descriptors: Multiple Disabilities, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, American Sign Language
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