Friday, April 26

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Samford University, Cooney Fieldhouse

Registration and free continental breakfast start at 7:30 a.m.

Advocating for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Advocating for Access in the Modern Classroom—Dr. Jones

In November of 2014, three federal agencies issued a joint letter to public schools regarding effective communication with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The letter included guidance regarding analyzing students’ communication needs and determining how to meet those needs. An overview of this guidance will be provided. The role of assessment and data collection in establishing students’ needs, selecting auxiliary aids and services, and monitoring communication access on an ongoing basis will be discussed. The impact of techniques such as small group and media based instruction on students’ access to the communication environment will be reviewed as well.

Meeting Children Where They Are: Navigating IFSPs/IEPs, and Understanding Classroom Challenges for Children with Hearing Loss—Dr. Clayton and Ms. Bolton

In this session, participants will learn how to support children with hearing loss along with their families as they navigate early intervention and school services. This session will help parents and professionals know how to access resources to support the continuous learning growth of each child. We will discuss the commonalities of the IEP/IFSP process and how these documents are built to support the child. Learn how the Clayton family is working collaboratively with Stephane Bolton and other teachers to provide a wonderful language rich environment at home and school.

This program is offered for 0.30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

There is no cost to attend the workshop.

AG Bell Alabama

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Learner Outcome 1: Identify three laws related to communication access for students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Learner Outcome 2: Explain the role speech perception data can play in advocating for student access
  • Learner Outcome 3: Describe three applications for hearing assistance technology in an educational setting.
  • Learner Outcome 4: Identify strategies to support students with hearing loss and their families.
  • Learner Outcome 5: Navigate early intervention and school services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Learner Outcome 6: Access resources to support the continuous learning growth of students.
  • Learner Outcome 7: Describe the commonalities of the IEP/IFSP process and define how these documents support the child.
  • Learner Outcome 8: Explain the process of collaboration with teachers in order to provide language rich experiences at school.


8:30—8:50 am - Overview of November 2014 guidance

8:50—9:00 am - The role of data collection

9:00—9:15 am - Strategies for data collection

9:15—9:30 am - Analyzing sources of instructional input

9:30—9:40 am - Psychosocial considerations

9:40—9:50 am - Case Studies

9:50—10:00 am - Questions & Answers

10:00—10:30 am - Break

10:30—11:15 am - Educational Challenges for Children with Hearing Loss

11:15—11:30 am - Building a Team to Support Children with Hearing Loss

11:30—11:50 am - Advocacy and the IFSP/IEP process

11:50 am —12:00 pm - Questions & Answers


Dr. Lisa Clayton is a professor at the University of North Alabama in the Department of Elementary Education. Her courses focus on literacy in early childhood. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood. Lisa received her Bachelors and Masters degree at the University of North Alabama. She received her Education Specialist and Doctoral degrees from Samford University. Lisa spent 7 years teaching first grade at Webster Elementary School in Muscle Shoals and this is her 12th year teaching at the University of North Alabama. Lisa has three amazing little girls (Ella Marie, Isabella, and Sophia) who were all born profoundly deaf and have bilateral cochlear implants. Lisa spends a lot of time researching best practices for her children to give them the opportunities that they need in the classroom, home and in the community.

Financial Disclosures:  Employee of the University of North Alabama; Conducts workshops for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Children have received grants from A.G. Bell.

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Three of her children have bilateral cochlear implants from Cochlear America. UNA InService Center Governing Board – Chair of the Board.

Stephane Bolton is the first grade supervising teacher at Kilby Laboratory School. Stephane graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2004 and was awarded the Keller Key. She went on to pursue graduate degrees at the University of North Alabama in 2008, 2014, and 2017. She has an Education Specialist degree in elementary education and is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Childhood. Stephane has been an educator for fifteen years and has served in roles as primary grade teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Her passion is teaching young students and helping prepare future educators for success in the classroom. Stephane has also taught all three of Lisa Clayton’s daughters.

Financial Disclosures:  Employee of the University of North Alabama.

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Teacher to each of Lisa Clayton’s daughters in 1st grade.

Dr. Julibeth M. Jones, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Board Certified in Audiology 

Dr. Julibeth M. Jones has more than 25 years of experience in the field of audiology. For the majority of her career she has specialized in supporting individuals and families impacted by pediatric onset hearing loss. While practicing in Dayton, OH, Dr. Jones initiated and directed the development and ongoing management of a family centered, early intervention program for young children impacted by hearing loss. More recently, she contributed to the development and implementation of a hospital based, pediatric audiology program as both a consultant and a service provider. Dr. Jones has also served in leadership roles on two cochlear implant teams. In addition to providing clinical audiology services through her Vestavia Hills based private practice, Dr. Jones provides educational audiology services to school districts, evaluating and managing the classroom auditory access and technology needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Dr. Jones has presented locally, at the state level, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Topics have included cochlear implantation, early intervention, and educational audiology. She has also authored two clinically focused articles in trade newsletters and served as co-author of a peer reviewed article dealing with the prevalence of cochlear implantation in very young children in the United States.

Financial Disclosures:  Owner of Jones Institute for Rehabilitative Audiology, LLC.

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Board Member, Alabama Hands & Voices, but receives no compensation.


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