Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream: Self-Advocacy & Independence with Hearing Devices


Presentation Description : Increasingly, students are being educated in their neighborhood schools where they may be the only person using hearing technology. Developing independence and expectations for increasing responsibility for hearing device care and self-advocacy is part of the expanded core curriculum and is necessary, as only the student can identify when interfering hearing challenges occur.

Three Learner Outcomes : The participant will be able to:

  1. Describe why it is important to teach students specific hearing aid independence and self-advocacy skills
  2. Describe hierarchies of expectations for skill development in independence with hearing devices and self-advocacy
  3. Provide examples of activities to use to teach hearing device independence and self-advocacy skills

This timeless professional development material was recorded at the November 2014 Supporting Success Conference.

Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream: Self-Advocacy & Independence in the Mainstream $24.00 (individual viewers). See group purchasing below.


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CEU clock hours: 1.0 CEU Clock Hour can be earned.  Each login will allow one participant to take a 3-question quiz which must be passed (3 of 3 correct); two chances are provided to pass. See the assessment questions below. Once the quiz is passed, the participant will be able to download a CEU Certificate of Completion. Forms verifying completion for LSLS CEUs from AG Bell can also be downloaded. CEU information is also downloadable for participants to individually submit for ASHA CEUs .


Speaker Information:

Gail Wright  earned her BS DHH teaching degree, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Administration and Supervision Certificate. She recently earned a certificate in Auditory and Spoken Language for the Young Child. Gail has worked in a self-contained program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, 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 approximately 30 students across 3 school districts in 14 buildings. 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.


Handouts that Come with this Webcast:

Summary of presentation handout (4 pages)
SEAM for School Success
K-1 and 2-5 Listening is Your Responsibility
Self-Advocacy Suggested Sequence for Skill Attainment


Assessment Questions: 

1. Select the most correct answer:

a. Students can depend on an adult in the building to troubleshoot their amplification.

b. Schools always have a trained staff member to manage amplification available.

c. Students are often the only child in their building with amplification.

d. Other strategies aide from amplification are equivalent substitutes for working amplification.


2. Select the most correct answer:

a. It is acceptable for a 3rd grader to need assistance inserting their amplification device.

b. Only some students need to perform daily listening checks.

c. By then end of first grade students should be requesting the use of FM in a variety of settings.

d. In kindergarten can independently clean their earmolds.


3. Select the most correct answer:

a. Independence with amplification will just happen naturally.

b. The Teacher of the Deaf must communicate all expectations to the team so that skills will be carried over to all c. settings.

c. Parents know the expectations for their child and their amplification.

d. Teachers feel comfortable with student amplification.