Parent Programs


TIME:  12:30 pm – 1:00 pm CT; 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm ET

PRESENTER: Claire Annis, M.Ed.
Claire Annis is a preschool teacher in the Sound Beginnings program at Utah State University. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Deaf Education, with a license to teach Special Education. Claire has a brother-in-law with a profound hearing loss that inspired her to follow this path through the Listening and Spoken Language approach for teaching children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing and professionals that serve them are invited to join us for this discussion.

This webinar will be recorded. Please see the website for access to this and other webinar recordings:

CEUs are not offered for this webinar presentation.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize that hearing devices are most effective in facilitating listening and spoken language development when they are worn at least 10 hours daily.
2. Implement strategies for successful device use in babies and toddlers.
3. Implement strategies for successful device use in school-age children.

WHERE:  Adobe Connect- to register here

Download the adobeconnect app.
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More download information is found at:

Note: If your institution does not permit you to add the above link, you may go to the above URL directly, however, we have been advised that optimal performance is achieved via the app.
· Live captioning will also be provided

· Questions about this webinar: contact Nicole Jacobson
· Technical assistance during the webinar: contact Daniel Ladner


Given the opportunity, any child can learn! Active Learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, focuses on establishing motivating learning environments for children with multiple special needs. Join Ms. Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., as she provides you with this fresh and pioneering approach. Learn how to increase functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors. This exciting conference will feature lecture, video and demonstrations. Active Learning equipment and materials will be on display throughout this conference.

What type of learner benefits from an Active Learning approach?
The Active Learning approach can be used in conjunction with other approaches, such as the work of Dr. Jan van Dijk. Though initially this approach was designed for individuals with visual impairments and deaf-blindness, it has proven to be effective with individuals with other significant disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy.   The Active Learning approach can be used with individuals with various visual conditions, such as CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) and ONH (Optic Nerve Hypoplasia), as well as with those who are deafblind or medically fragile. To learn more about “Active learning” please check out the link:

Registration for this conference is available on-line at:
There is no registration fee for this event.

Hotel Scholarships are available to families who live more than 50 miles away-
There are a limited number of scholarships available to families who live more than 50 miles from conference location.  These scholarships will cover the cost of one hotel room for up to 2 nights at the Drury Plaza Hotel.  Families members who are interested and have a child on the TN Deaf-Blind Census can request a scholarship by contacting Danna Conn at or 615-936-0262. 

There will be a family gathering on Thursday evening. 
There is no childcare available for this conference.
Please feel free to share with other families and professionals who may be interested.


Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Picnic!!! Sponsored by Tennessee Hands & Voices & Guide by Your Side.

Sunday May 13th at 2:00 p.m. til sunset -- Shelby Farms Pavilion #2 (Pine Lake Drive - has four picnic tables and a grill. Close to the restrooms, the Woodland Discovery Playground, and Pine Lake)

Hot dogs, drinks and chips will be provided.

Join us and connect with other parents.


FREE!!!     Story Time      FREE!!!

Please join us for an hour of fun, songs, and activities!

Children with hearing concerns and their families will share time with a story teller and their friends.

Art Circle Library
Cumberland County Public Library
3 East Street
Crossville, TN 38555
Phone 931-484-6790

CALL: (865) 320-3754


FREE!!   Join the fun at Smyrna Public Library for story time!   FREE!!

Wiggle, Giggle, and Read Story Time

Theme - Things That Go!

Please email / text / call if you plan to attend by February 21st.
Tracy – 865.320.3754 /

Date:  February 25, 2020

Day:   Tuesday

Time: 10:00 AM

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf plus, or in the process of identification will join their peers for stories, songs, rhythm, and movement during story time. 0-5 Parent Outreach will provide support and access to communication.


Story Time Event for Families and Children with Hearing Concerns




CALL: (865) 320-3754



Looking forward to seeing you there!

For families and children with hearing concerns!

The story time is part of the Williamson County Public Library System.

There is no fee for this opportunity.


Songs, Finger Plays, and special manipulatives for the children.

Story will be read aloud in English and available in American Sign Language as requested.



Tracy Duncan –

865-320-3754 (mobile)



Free Opportunity
Statewide 0-5 Parent Outreach – Serving Families and Children (0-5) Identified with Hearing Concerns
Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Unilateral, Mild, Deaf-Blind, Auditory Neuropathy, etc.

Come have fun at the Mt. Juliet Library for story time!

Join other families and their young children for a story with manipulatives, visual supports, participate in finger play songs, and enjoy movement activities while focusing on letters and numbers.



Free to all families and their children

Families with children identified who are hearing impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or have hearing concerns - all ages are welcome!

Family Story Time
“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

follow-up story, songs, finger plays, and a craft.
Interpreter for the story is available 


Saturday, Jan. 26, from 2:00 - 3:00


Clarksville-Montgomery County Childrens Library

2:00 - 3:00 Children's Story Theatre

3:00 - 4:00 OPTIONAL - Get together after the story:  conversation, play, and cookies.


Sponsored by: Clarksville Montgomery County Library, 0-5 Parent Outreach, TN H&V, FV of TN PEARS, Progressive Directions, Foundations, TEIS


SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Because deaf-blindness is a rare and diverse disability, families may feel isolated or alone…like there is no one else who understands their experiences. F2FC brings families together via distance technology to connect, share information and resources, and offer support to one another in the journey of supporting their family member with deaf-blindness.

Carol Darrah, Georgia Sensory Assistance Project Coordinator
Jana Villemez, Family Consultant AR DB Program

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation