TDHH Resource Blog

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Strategies to Help Struggling Readers

Textbooks, the Students Who Can't Read Them, and What to Do About It Children are expected to be able to read at the end of third grade. While this is an important educational goal, what happens when children fail to acquire the necessary skills to read independently at grade level? How do poor reading skills affect the academic achievement of students with disabilities? The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with decision-making frameworks that identify useful instructional and assistive technologies to help students acquire information in classes that require extensive reading. (9:00 – 12:00)

Universal Design for Learning

Anticipating Universal Design for Learning: What Can I Do Today? Classrooms are increasingly diverse and renewed attention is being focused on low achieving students. The purpose of this session is to explore the use of assistive and instructional technology tools and strategies that can be used by teachers and students to enhance learning outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on practical strategies that offer new approaches for engaging students in academic tasks. (1:00 – 3:00)

When: Wednesday November 8th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Where: Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health,
2400 Arbutus Road Victoria BC V8N 1V7

Presenter: Dave Edyburn, Ph.D. Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor
in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Registration: Please go to to register and enter “SET-BC” in “search event”. See handout “how to register” if you have any difficulties.

Course Cost: $10.00

Lunch will be provided. A mix of sandwiches will be available.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Educational Needs of Students with Hearing Loss

Power Point presentation entitled: Understanding the Educational Needs of Students with Hearing Loss from the following URL.

It consists of 24 slides which provide: audiogram of familiar sounds, suggestions for the teacher and other useful information, both visual and auditory. It includes an unfair spelling test consisting of 10 common words presented with a simulated hearing loss above 1000Hz and then the same words presented with a simulated hearing loss of 2000Hz.

I patch the laptop to a sound field so that there is good presentation for the spelling words. Both teachers and students usually find the activity challenging and fun (few get more than 2 or 3 words correct). Try it before listening to the words with frequencies up to 8000Hz

I hope you find it useful.
Joe Coelho