Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants Toddlers and their Families

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants Toddlers and their Families Welcome to the official page for Gallaudet University's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families Certificate Program!

Gallaudet University offers an 18-credit interdisciplinary graduate certificate program; instruction is primarily online along with three days on campus during the first and second years of the program. The Infants, Toddlers, and Families (ITF) Program focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in four content areas: 1) Professional and Ethical Practices, 2) Communication and Language, 3) Families, Cultures and Communities, and 4) Development, Assessment and Programming. The ITF Program was developed and is co-taught by professionals with expertise in working with infants, toddlers and their families from different disciplinary perspectives. All coursework and experiences provide learning opportunities through American Sign Language and English. Courses can be taken for graduate credit or professional studies credit.

Save the date!  The 5th International Conference on Family Centered Early Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard...
05/24/2019
www.fcei.at

Save the date! The 5th International Conference on Family Centered Early Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Bad Ischl, Austria

May 27th-May 30th, 2020

http://www.fcei.at/unit/fcei/home

The aim of the new webite "Family-Centred Early Intervention" is to provide a platform for Early Intervention professionals, researchers and parents in order to exchange evidence-based best practice and experiences. Please feel free to send us your research results, new informations or best practice...

The 2019-2020 ITF cohort came to Gallaudet to participate in the face-to-face portion of the course for three days. Duri...
05/24/2019

The 2019-2020 ITF cohort came to Gallaudet to participate in the face-to-face portion of the course for three days. During their time at Gallaudet, they visited the Early Childhood Education program at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Visual Learning and Visual Language (VL2) Center on campus to learn about current resources and best practices in early family involvement services.

Welcome to Gallaudet, 2019-2020 ITF Cohort! Second day of first course on campus.
05/19/2019

Welcome to Gallaudet, 2019-2020 ITF Cohort! Second day of first course on campus.

Last November 9, 2018 the ITF Co-Director Julie Mitchiner and 2018-19 Candidate Scout Kilbourne showcased the wonderful ...
11/29/2018

Last November 9, 2018 the ITF Co-Director Julie Mitchiner and 2018-19 Candidate Scout Kilbourne showcased the wonderful world of ITF at the Gallaudet University's Graduate Open House! Hands-waving to them! Deadline to apply to be a part of the ITF 2019-2020 Cohort is on February 1st, 2019! Have you REACHED OUT to potential candidates? Let's go!

11/21/2018

EHDI Conference March 3-5, 2019 in Chicago! Any one of the ITF Graduates attending?

11/13/2018

Cheering the 2018-2019 ITF Candidates as they navigate through their projects! Being nostalgic - Capstones! We are curious: the Capstones you developed (ITF alumni), how are your Capstones impacting your community and elsewhere 'today'?

Recently the ITF Program held a ‘let’s chat’ with cookies and coffee/tea for people. 1st picture: Dr. Julie Mitchi...
10/12/2018

Recently the ITF Program held a ‘let’s chat’ with cookies and coffee/tea for people. 1st picture: Dr. Julie Mitchiner shares a PP presentation on what the ITF Certificate Program is all about. 2nd picture ITF Candidate Scout Kilbourne shares her experience and love for the Program. Several other interested people met with Julie individually. Please continue to help recruit more prospective people to apply!

10/11/2018

Now accepting applications. Contact us if you have any questions, [email protected]

10/01/2018

Hi ITF Graduates! Way back to when we first started in 2011? Julie and I are putting together a recruitment flyer and article promoting ITF. I'm collecting short-short testimonials from you: what you really benefitted from the ITF program when you were candidates? Post them here if you'd like everyone to see or you can send me a direct email [email protected]. We aim to have the recruitment 'packet' ready by end of this month, October. Many thanks!!

09/18/2018
Julie Mitchiner & Linda Lytle

Click to learn more about the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and their Families: Leadership & Collaboration Graduate Certificate Program

Julie Mitchiner- Education Department and Linda Lytle - Counseling Department for Gallaudet University

Prospective ITF students,Come to our Open House for Graduate School event on November 9, 2018.Learn more about the ITF p...
09/18/2018
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Prospective ITF students,

Come to our Open House for Graduate School event on November 9, 2018.

Learn more about the ITF program
Learn about financial aid and payment options.
Get information on admissions requirements and the application process.
Enjoy a complimentary lunch with faculty, staff, and students.
Register for the Fall Open House now.

https://www.gallaudet.edu/graduate-admissions/open-house-registration

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Free National Research Conference on Early Childhood hosted by Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in Arlingt...
06/05/2018
NRCEC 2018 - ABOUT

Free National Research Conference on Early Childhood hosted by Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in Arlington, VA June 25th-June 27th http://www.nrcec.net/register.html

ACF National Research Conference on Early Childhood will be held on Monday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.

Hot off the Press! A new article about the ITF program and our former graduates:https://issuu.com/clerccenter/docs/odyss...
05/21/2018
Odyssey Spring 2018

Hot off the Press! A new article about the ITF program and our former graduates:
https://issuu.com/clerccenter/docs/odyssey_spring_2018_-_for_web

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: Odyssey Spring 2018, Author: Clerc Center, Name: Odyssey Spring 2018, ...

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants Toddlers and their Families
12/14/2017

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants Toddlers and their Families

Exciting new job opportunities available: Deaf Mentor and Deaf Mentor Supervisor! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Exciting new job opportunities available: Deaf Mentor and Deaf Mentor Supervisor! Please see the attached flyer for more...
12/12/2017

Exciting new job opportunities available: Deaf Mentor and Deaf Mentor Supervisor! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Our Fall 2017 ITF Newsletter is here! Enjoy! https://issuu.com/itfnewsletter/docs/itf_20newsletter2017_2011.10.17
11/28/2017
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and their Families: Leadership and Collaboration Program

Our Fall 2017 ITF Newsletter is here! Enjoy! https://issuu.com/itfnewsletter/docs/itf_20newsletter2017_2011.10.17

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and their Families: Leader...

10/17/2017
Non-Classified Employment (Faculty)

Employment opportunity!

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) invites you to consider our current employment opportunity for Consultant: Regional CO Hear (Colorado Hearing Resource) / Outreach Programs – 2 vacancies. Interested persons are invited to visit the CSDB website, Non-Classified Employment page, at … http://www.csdb.org/careers/nonclassified/ … to access the official job announcement in its entirety. Please follow the instructions contained in the official job announcement to apply on-line. This job announcement is open until the positions are filled.

Employment Teacher of the Deaf / HH - Teacher of the Blind / VI -Special Education - Elementary Education -English/Language Arts - Science - Mathematics

Reminiscing the good times we had at EHDI 2017 and looking forward to seeing you all in Denver, Colorado for EHDI 2018! ...
09/29/2017

Reminiscing the good times we had at EHDI 2017 and looking forward to seeing you all in Denver, Colorado for EHDI 2018!

From left to right:
Nicole Hutchinson (DC) Gallaudet grad, FCEE program
Marilyn Sass-Lehrer (DC) ITF adjunct faculty and former director FCEE program and ITF program
Jennifer Blohm (Hawaii) Gallaudet grad, FCEE program
Kimberly (Tarasenko) Leong (CA) Gallaudet grad, FCEE Program
Amy Szarkowski (Boston, MA) ITF adjunct faculty and psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital
Emily Wojahn (CO) Gallaudet grad, Deaf Education and ITF program
Sarah Mansell (DC) Gallaudet grad, FCEE program
Sydney Bednarz (DC) Audiologist

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants Toddlers and their Families
09/21/2017

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants Toddlers and their Families

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09/21/2017

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09/21/2017
Lifetrack Deaf Mentor Family Program: The Paulsons

Check out this video about the Lifetrack Deaf Mentor Program in Minnesota led by one of our adjunct professors, Danielle Gournaris!

"Now that she ASL, she OWNS it. She knows who she is and she's five." Michelle Paulson shares her story about her family's journey through Lifetrack's Deaf M...

09/21/2017
DawnSignPress

Excellent collaboration between Gallaudet's Brain and Language Laboratory - BL2, Dawn Sign Press, and Innovations to show the benefits of ASL for all!

Thanks to a collaboration with Innovations, we worked with the Brain and Language Laboratory - BL2 at Gallaudet University to share some amazing research being conducted by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto and her team. There is an old theory that children will be delayed if they learn more than one language at a time and now we have proof it isn't true! This is one to watch and share! #200yearsofasl #celebratingasl #americansignlanguage #bicentennial #asl #dawnsignpress #science

09/21/2017
Mental Floss

Sign languages have accents, just like vocal languages!

Sign languages have accents, just like vocal languages. Gallaudet linguistics professor Julie Hochgesang demonstrates.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY! Please read below: Language Learning Through the Eye and Ear WebcastThis Clerc Center produced web...
09/21/2017
Language Learning Through the Eye and Ear Webcast

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY! Please read below:

Language Learning Through the Eye and Ear Webcast

This Clerc Center produced webcast is designed to increase knowledge among early interventionists, this research-based webcast addresses how deaf and hard of hearing babies acquire language and why one should sign with babies as early as possible. Babies are busy learning language from birth, even though they may not be signing right away. From the moment they arrive, babies are seeking patterns in human language, whether signed or spoken. This webcast will give early interventionists a foundational knowledge to engage in dialogue with parents and professionals about the neurolinguistic benefits of early exposure to visual language for all babies.

As a result of this webcast, you will be able to:

Explain how babies' pattern seeking abilities help them acquire language Understand how early sign language exposure benefits deaf and hard of hearing children and how this provides building blocks for social and academic engagement
Describe the importance of joint attention, child-directed language, and rich conversation with deaf and hard of hearing babies

Counter common but inaccurate assumptions surrounding dual language learning in deaf and hard of hearing children with research-supported data

http://www3.gallaudet.edu/clerc-center/learning-opportunities/webcasts/language-learning-through-the-eye-and-ear-webcast.html

Language Learning Through the Eye and Ear Webcast

09/21/2017
Hands & Voices :: Articles

EXCITING NEWS FROM THE CLERC CENTER!

A New Partnership: Hands & Voices

Family Leadership in Language and Learning
The Clerc Center is proud to announce a partnership with Hands & Voices on their Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant on a new program called Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3), as a way to share our resources with families through individual state's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI).

Working with Hands & Voices on FL3 is one of the ways in which the Clerc Center contributes to strengthening the intervention part of the EHDI. The Clerc Center’s and Gallaudet University’s role in this project is to share our resources related to early language acquisition and literacy.

The Clerc Center’s positioning in this project allows us to bring resources geared towards early intervention providers such as “Setting Language in Motion” and “Maximizing Language Acquisition” to families and professionals across the United States.

Janet DesGeorges, executive director of Hands & Voices, said “We are thrilled and honored to be working with all EHDI system stakeholders for the next three years as a part of this project. We are committed to ensuring that families receive the best possible resources and supports in order to achieve success for their children who are deaf/hard of hearing. We look forward to working with our program partners, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center to achieve our goals.”

For more information on FL3, see this video created by H&V:
http://handsandvoices.org/resources/video/Karen-fl3- asl.html

See this H&V press release for more information on the project:
www.handsandvoices.org/fl3/PressReleaseFL3_2-13-17.pdf

For more information on the partnership or the resources that the Clerc Center provides, please contact [email protected].

Hands & Voices is a parent driven, non-profit organization dedicated to providing unbiased support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY! Please see below:Join Free Webinar: Visual Communication and Sign Language Checkli...
09/21/2017

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY! Please see below:

Join Free Webinar: Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist

On October 16, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) the Early Education and Literacy Lab (EL2), one of four resource hubs at the NSF-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) will host a live, free webinar to introduce the Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist (VCSL) and the companion VCSL:O, an online assessment system that allows evaluations to be conducted electronically, with automated scoring, reporting, and data storage. Interpreters will be provided.

The VCSL is the first standardized assessment tool that documents language growth and identifies gaps or delays in typical language development in children between birth and five years of age. It assists teachers and early childhood education service providers in planning language development activities for individual children.

View the attached invitation. Feel free to print and post.

Featured panelists:

Laurene Simms, Ph.D., Gallaudet University

Sharon Baker, Ed.D., The University of Tulsa

M. Diane Clark, Ph.D., Lamar University

Live Q&A will occur immediately following panelist discussion. You can also join the conversation by sending your questions via email to [email protected] or via Twitter @VL2Science #VCSL



RSVP to Dr. Thomas Allen, EL2 Director and VL2 Co-Principal Investigator: [email protected]

09/08/2017
EHDI Annual Meeting

A friendly reminder! The 17th annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention meeting is to take place in Denver, Colorado on March 18-20, 2018 (https://ehdimeeting.org/).

They are still accepting proposals for instructional sessions (deadline Sept. 11, more information below) and abstracts (deadline Sept. 25, https://ehdimeeting.org/PresenterInfo.cfm?pg=info).

Please do share and/or apply! See you all in Colorado!

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DUE SEPTEMBER 11th!! Sharing what was received via EMAIL!
Dear Colleagues:
The 2018 EHDI Annual Meeting Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for Instructional Sessions. A limited number of Instructional Sessions will be offered on Sunday, March 18, 2018 (prior to the Annual Meeting) and on Wednesday March 21, 2018 (following the Annual Meeting).
Important: The submission and review of Instructional Sessions is separate from the submission process for breakout and poster sessions at the 2018 EHDI Annual Meeting.
Please submit your Instructional Session proposals online at http://conference.usu.edu/system/login.cfm?eid=15805&des=sp by Monday, September 11, 2017.
Instructional Sessions are included in the EHDI Annual Meeting for sessions/topics that do not fit the standard breakout session format. Consider proposing an Instructional Session only if one or more of these considerations apply:
· To be effective/useful, the session topic requires more than the standard 25 or 55 minutes offered for EHDI Meeting breakout sessions.
· The session requires a more interactive or hands-on experience than can be adequately achieved in the standard 25 or 55 minutes offered for EHDI Meeting breakout sessions.
· The session format requires a different room set-up or technology than typically possible in a standard breakout session room; for example, it requires a more interactive, special technology or equipment that would not be feasible during a standard breakout session.
Proposals will be considered, reviewed, and selected by the 2018 EHDI Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the EHDI Meeting Co-Organizers.
Instructional Session abstracts will be reviewed and scored according to the following criteria by the EHDI Meeting Planning Committee:
1. Relevance and significance to the early identification of hearing loss and early intervention services for infants and young children with hearing loss and their families. [1 – 15 points]
· The abstract should address a current topic and information appropriate for the purposes of the Meeting goals.
· The abstract should address important issues or gaps related to improving state-based EHDI services.
· The abstract should describe how the session will inform, enable, or update others in improving EHDI services regarding potential issues related to clinical practice, education of professionals/families, or future research.
· The abstract describes how the session will advance the practice/knowledge base of EHDI.
· The abstract should expand the discussion or perspective to build on existing knowledge or address new knowledge, discoveries, methodologies, tools, technologies, or practices.
2. Meets the following Criteria to be considered for an Instructional Session. (1– 15 points)
· To be effective/useful, the session topic requires more than the standard 25 or -55 minutes offered for EHDI Meeting breakout sessions.
· The session requires a more interactive or hands-on experience than can be adequately achieved in the standard 25 or 55 minutes offered for EHDI Meeting breakout sessions.
· The session format requires a different room set-up or technology than typically possible in a standard breakout session room; for example, it requires a more interactive, hands-on, application or special technology or equipment that would not be feasible during a standard breakout session.
3. Overall clarity. [1 – 10 points]
· The abstract should be well written and organized in a coherent manner.
· The amount of information to be presented should be appropriate for the proposed session length and format.
· The abstract should clearly describe the presentation’s goals and learner outcomes.
· The abstract should provide prospective participants enough information to determine if the session will meet their needs
· If research results are included, they should be clearly described and supported by statistical findings with the conclusions supported by the results.
Note that the submission and review of Instructional Sessions is separate from the submission process for breakout and poster sessions at the 2018 EHDI Annual Meeting. If you submit an Instructional Session proposal, it will only be considered for the Instructional Sessions.
To submit an abstract for a presentation or poster at the 2018 EHDI Annual Meeting go to:
http://conference.usu.edu/system/login.cfm?eid=15805&des=sp
To submit a proposal for an Instructional Session, submit all of the requested information by Monday. September 11, 2017 at:
http://conference.usu.edu/system/login.cfm?eid=15804&des=sp
Incomplete submissions may not be considered.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or 501.626.4640.

Submit an abstract for a presentation or poster by September 25, 2017Submit a proposal for an Instructional Session by September 11, 2017

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