This list includes a selection of the resources that the Cochlear Implant Education Center has found useful when working with students and families in our demonstration schools. This does not represent a complete list of the many resources that may be available. The absence of a resource on this list does not indicate that we do not support it; it may never have come our way. We are always in the process of trying out new things.
Dolch Bridge List
Available through: http://www.fairviewlearning.net/products.php
The Dolch word list and Bridge List are designed specifically to support the language and reading development of deaf students. The lists provide commonly used English words and phrases and correlate them to American Sign Language. The lists assist students with the process of linking English and ASL. In addition to the lists, videotapes are also available to demonstrate the bridges between ASL and English.
Available through: http://www.animusic.com/
Visual display of musical instruments playing a range of music. An engaging video/DVD providing an opportunity to visually experience music.
Games for Listening Language and Speech:
Available through: Wordplay
Numerous games and activities developed by Dave Sindrey, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. The activities include practical, fun ideas for integrating listening into the learning of children. Products include Listening Games for Littles II, Elf on a Shelf, Troll in a Bowl, and Cochlear Implant Auditory Training Guides.
It Takes Two to Talk: A Parent's Guide To Helping Children Communicate
Available through :Alexander Graham Bell Association, 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC 20007 202-337-5220 (V/TTY) Web: http://www.agbell.org/
This book provides strategies for families to use in their daily life to facilitate early communication. It provides ideas to help families see their child as communicators and include their child in the communication process.
Illinois School for the Deaf Cochlear Implant Support Page
The Illinois School for the Deaf has developed a cochlear implant support website designed to act as a one-stop shop across the manufacturers for topics such as troubleshooting help, aural rehabilitation ideas and general information about cochlear implants.
Reference List: Cochlear Implants and Children: Language and Communication Considerations
This is a reference list of articles related to the following topics: Early Language, Age of Implantation, Neural Plasticity, Use of Sign Language, Language and Literacy, Education, Perspectives, Reference List Compilations.
Sign with Your Baby
Available through http://www.sign2me.com
Videotape and manual training families how to teach sign language to hearing babies. Based on research related to early language development, this program provides the materials for families to learn basic signs to use with their baby to facilitate signed language as an avenue to promote communication prior to the emergence of spoken language.
Summer's Story-Coming of Age with the Cochlear Implant
VHS 27 minutes, ASL & Voice, Open Captioned Written by Summer Crider; Produced by Michael Munroe. Available through Harris Communications:
This is the story of Summer Crider, who is profoundly deaf and uses a cochlear implant, from birth to the time she entered college. The story is primarily Summer's own, but includes interviews with her family, friends, and teachers. Summer became deaf at the age of three from spinal meningitis. The video describes her educational journey prior to receiving a cochlear implant and after, from a school for the deaf, to a regular mainstream school, and back to a school for the deaf where she finds peer support within the Deaf community. Summer describes her love/hate relationship with her cochlear implant and how she came to accept it as a "tool" instead of a stigma. She states that she hopes to become the bridge between the "Deaf" and the "Hearing" communities, as she grew up in both.
ASL Songs For Kids
Available through: Institute for Disabilities, Research and Training, Inc.
A CD that provides six songs typically learned by young children. The songs presented in both spoken language and American Sign Language are: The Wheels on the Bus, Happy Birthday, The Ants Go Marching, The Green Grass Grows All Around, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. As the songs are sung, Paws the dog signs, and graphics convey the lyrics, as well as information about the notes and volume.
Keys to English print: Phonics, Signs, Cued Speech, Fingerspelling, and Other Learning Strategies; Programs & Insights. ODYSSEY. Vol. 5, Issue 1. Fall 2003
This issue of Odyssey, a publication of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, reviews a number of tools that educators are using to facilitate the literacy skills of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Several of the tools/strategies discussed are based on ways to develop phonemic awareness. The tools discussed include, Visual Phonics, Cued Speech, and Fingerspelling. Additionally, strategies to build pre-reading skills, such as memory and focusing are also described.
The Relationship between American Sign Language Proficiency and English Academic Development: A Review of the Research
This is a paper written by Jim Cummins of the University of Toronto. It is intended as an overview of the relevant research regarding the relationshiop between the development of American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency and English reading and writing skills.
Gallaudet University's President Bob Davila's Vlog on Cochlear Implants
A conversation with Ryan Kobylarz, Rachel Berman, and Dr. Michelle Malta
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Cochlear Implant Choices: Manufacturer Comparison Chart
Developed by Christine Barton and Amy Robbins
A music CD and a habilitation program that contains a collection of 18 songs that to encourage speech and language development in children. ccompanying this CD are the music/lyric sheets, instructions on how to use each song to promote language development, and detailed information on how to use the Tune Ups approach in your therapy sessions.
This survey summary documents the findings of Kristen Knifton, MA, CCC-A/SLP, at the Texas School for the Deaf. She independently developed and sent a survey to audiologists in schools for the deaf located in the United States during February 2009. Out of 54 e-mail requests sent, 37 audiologists responded for a response rate of 68.5 percent. The survey results include information regarding the demographics of cochlear implant use in schools for the deaf and services for students with cochlear implants.
Survey Results - Cochlear Implant Use by Students in Schools for the Deaf