Identifying Self-Advocacy Needs and
Steps to Build Self-Advocacy Skills

Program description/purpose:

All students are expected to be able to fully participate in the classroom. Yet, hearing devices to not restore normal hearing and students with hearing loss typically are unable to completely hear all that is said in the classroom environment. Therefore, to be able to fully participate in the classroom it is necessary that students be taught self-advocacy skills. The purpose of this workshop is to provide intensive discussion of how to assess, plan goals, teach skills and monitor student progress in use of self-advocacy skills.

“Our group had a great time viewing it together and we were able to engage in such helpful dialogue about our students and instructional approaches.” -Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Take advantage of this 7 hour, view anytime, workshop!

This is not a dry, boring slide show! Karen Anderson and Gail Wright interact, engage and entertain you with ways in which you can help your students speak up for themselves about their communication needs. It comes in 3 parts so it is easy to break up the 7 hours into easier viewing.

You will come away with clear ideas on how to assess, plan goals, teach skills and monitor progress. It’s like spending an intense day at a workshop, only you get a span of 300 calendar days to choose when you wish to enjoy it.

Identifying Self-Advocacy Needs and Steps to Build Self-Advocacy Skills
$78.00 (individual viewers) 
 See group purchasing below. 


Special Offer: Purchase Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream along with the Self-Advocacy Workshop for only $22 more  DIGITAL version ($ 100).  The BSIM guide is usually $40 for the digital version so this is a 45% price reduction!

Note: In purchasing the individual viewer version of the Self-Advocacy Workshop alone or with the downloadable version of the BSIM guide you are agreeing to abide by the terms of a limited use license, meaning it is only to be viewed by you or for use by you with your caseload. It is not legal to share individual webcasts or downloaded files for others to use.

Group purchases are via purchase order. One person must be identified as the contact. Names and email addresses must be provided for all persons who will be registered to view webcasts. For this offer, the digital version of the Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream guide for the group is only $100. The BSIM guide can be printed/shared with the 5 or 10 staff you have identified as webcast registrants. Questions? Contact .

5 Workshop logins = $73 each or $365

5 logins + digital BSIM guide ($100/group) = $465

10 Workshop logins = $68 each or $680 

10 logins + digital BSIM guide ($100/group) = $780

Once you purchase you will receive an email immediately with a login and password that you can use to sign in any time and view the workshop materials. If you purchase via PO you will receive login information usually within one week of receipt of the PO. Questions? Contact .

CEU clock hours: Each login will allow one participant to take a 10-question quiz which must be passed (at least 8 of 10 correct); two chances are provided to pass. ASSESSMENT-QUESTIONS -for-Self-Advocacy-Workshop . 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 .


The viewer will be able to:

  • Describe the steps to building self-advocacy skills in students with hearing loss
  • State ways in which progress can be monitored
  • Describe strategies for specific skill building with students
  • Use hierarchies and assessment tools to determine expected skill development

Conveniently organized into 3 parts:

Part 1: Steps to Building Self-Advocacy Skills (2 hours)

  • Lists the specific knowledge areas students should learn
  • Describes the first four knowledge areas in depth
    • Student Knowledge of Hearing Loss
    • Student Identification of Listening Challenges
    • Recognition of Causes of Listening Challenges
    • Being a Responsible Communication Partner

Part 2: Developing and Improving Use of Specific Self-Advocacy Strategies. (3 hours)

Part 3: Independence and Responsibility for Hearing Devices – Role as “Technology Specialist” (2 hours)

Handouts with the Workshop

  • IEP Planning Guide
  • Impact of Hearing Loss on Listening Comprehension Examples
  • Attitude is Caught, Not Taught
  • How I can Hear and Listen My Best (fillable)
  • Self-Advocacy Suggested Sequence for Skill Attainment
  • Using the Ida My World Tool at Different Ages
  • Person Talking, Listening, Environment
  • 13 Self-Advocacy Tools
  • 13 Tools – picture representations
  • SEAM for School Success
  • Example IEP Goals Supporting Independence with Hearing Devices

Speaker Information:

Karen Anderson PhD has worked in clinical, public school and state-level (EHDI) settings to address the needs of children with hearing loss. She is Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss, providing online resources for professionals and families. Karen is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, has received national recognition awards in educational audiology and has been an adjunct professor at University of South Florida. She is the author or co-author of many practical checklists, such as the SIFTER, LIFE-R, and CHILD and co-author of the book Building Skills for School Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom with Kathy Arnoldi and other publications. She is currently Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss.

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.

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