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

by Gail Wright & Karen Anderson

This extensive 7 -hour training will walk you through how to identify self-advocacy needs for children from transition to school at age 3 through high school. You will learn the steps to Building Self-Advocacy Skills, including how to teach students about their hearing loss, self-identification of hearing challenges, and how to teach students to be a responsible communication partner. Participants will learn how to develop and improve use of specific self-advocacy strategies as well as how to cultivate independence and responsibility in a student and how to teach them to become their own “Technology Specialist” when it comes to their hearing technology.

Course Modules

    1. Needs and Skill Components - Module 1 - 1 hour 50 minutes

    2. Self-Advocacy Workshop - Specific Strategies - Module 2 - 57 minutes

    3. Students as Technology Specialists - Module 3 - 2 hours 3 minutes

    4. Quiz - WORKSHOP - Identifying Self-Advocacy Needs and Steps to Build Self-Advocacy Skills

    5. COURSE EVALUATION - Self-Advocacy Workshop

    6. ASHA Verification Form - Self-Advocacy Workshop

    7. LSLS CEU Letter - Self-Advocacy Workshop

    8. More Options for Success

    9. ISBE Professional Development Hours

Learner Outcomes

  • 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, and Use hierarchies and assessment tools to determine expected skill development

Meet Your Instructors

Gail Wright

Gail Wright earned her BS DHH teaching degree, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, an Administration and Supervision Certificate, and 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.

Karen Anderson

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. 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 sold through Supporting Success.