Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 2011 Meeting Notes!

Thanks to everyone who made it to our meeting about working with children who are deaf, especially Jane Freutel and Jen De La Paz. If you missed anything, here are the notes from the meeting!

April 11, 2011 Meeting Notes


1. Walk for Autism- Saturday April 23rd

How to Sign up: http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=442586&lis=1&kntae442586=6A9703936DEA4476A71068660C84A096&team=4014439&tlteam=0

Meet: us at the check-in section at the Rose Bowl; find our CSULA sign! Walk starts at: 10am

Registration starts at: 8am

Opening Ceremony starts at 9:30am

2. Survivor Symposium at Chapman University- Saturday April 16th

Includes a panel of patient with ASL, TBI, Strokes and more!

Deadline to sign up is TONIGHT! $10 to sign up (includes refreshments and snacks)

3. T-shirts: will be a black, American Apparel shirt with white writing. See our Facebook page for the design: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183709131671679#!/pages/Nsslha-at-Csula/188094447878024


Guest Speaker: Jane Freutel, Assistant Director of Teacher Education at John Tracy Clinic


History of JTC

· In 1942, Louise Tracy found the John Tracy Clinic (JTC.) She has a child who is deaf. JTC has programs for parents and children who are aged 0 to 6-years-old.

· These programs are free for the children and their families. This includes educational meetings and support groups and counselors that work with families.

What is JTC all about?

· JTC is parent focused. JTC provides parents with hope; parents who go to JTC experience distress and loss about finding out their child has a hearing loss. JTC offers parents guidance in a form of “What do you want to know?” JTC doesn’t preach. If parents do not find a means to meet their needs at JTC, JTC provides resources of where to get help. Lastly, JTC provides empowerment to help parents find resources for their children.

· At JTC, there is an auditory approach where all kids wear hearing aides or cochlear implants.

· The teachers at JTC are expected to know more about teaching speech and the development of speech for children who are profoundly deaf, more than speech and language pathologists.

· If you are interested to see how the teachers in JTC teach children who are deaf, you can look on Youtube and search John Tracy Clinic or go to the website www.jtc.org

· All of the classrooms at JTC have Sound Field FM systems.

The Masters Program for Special Education

· The program is a Masters degree in Special education with an emphasis in deaf deduction at the University of San Diego.

· All of the course work is at Los Angeles. Students start in August and finish the first week of June. There is a total of 44 units.

· 10 month program

· They finish with a master’s degree and after apply for the credential to work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The most difficult thing to get finished is the portfolio required (about the state standards for working with people who are deaf.)

· All of the graduate students get jobs for having a background in auditory skill development, auditory focus on speech development, and developmental speech.

· There is a $10,000 fee for tuition.

· There are resources that include scholarships and low-interest loans that provide for survival for a year; it’s not recommended for graduate students to work while in the program.

· Classes start in August. During this time, students observe practicing students work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

· There is a Friday Family School with children who are 0-3 years-old. Teachers play with the children; and parents are separated in a different room where they are educated on how to work with their children to encourage speech development.

· Courses also include Audiology courses such as Diagnostics and Amplification. Audiology classes taken at CSULA will be very helpful to do well in these classes.

· Students graduate on May 20th at the JTC clinic and another graduation at USD.

· The cohort has up to 8 students.

· There is also a distance cohort with students who work across the country with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

· Students in the master’s program are taught to teach children from 0 to 6-years-old. The credential however is to work with people who are hard of hearing and deaf that are 0 to 22-years-old.

· When students graduate, the options are:

o early intervention (work with children from 0-3 years old)

o work in a special day class

o work with children who are mainstreamed into classrooms

o work with school districts

o work in regional programs

JTC and Speech-Language Pathology

· both share information with oral motor therapy

· both share interest in language development

· at JTC, there is a lot of vocal play

Powerpoint notes from Jane Freutel

· JTC provides hope, guidance, and encouragement to families without a charge, worldwide.

· JTC provides audiological testing, which includes non-sedated ABR (0-60-months-old)

· Screening services are provided at JTC.

· JTC provides Parent-Infant Services

· JTC provide

o parent education classes

o international summer sessions & Latin American summer sessions for parents with children with hearing loss/deaf

o distance learning courses for parents about babies, preschoolers and children with vision and hearing loss.

· New possibilities for people who are deaf: newborn hearing screening, advanced technologies, digital hearing aids, cochlear implants

· Impact of hearing loss: careers, daily living, psychological issues, academic, reading, behavior, emotional, social, speech, language, communication

· Mainstreaming issues: preparation, implementation, support, environment, social

· Information to get involved:

o Tours can be provided

o www.jtc.org/teachered

o prerequisites

§ a 3.0 GPA


§ a bachelor’s degree

§ taken an ASL class

§ experience with children

o call 213-745-8391

o Mary McGinnis, Director

o Jane Freutel, Assistant Director

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