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Gallaudet University Midwest Regional Center at John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Illinois 62918

Season Greetings! It is hard to believe 2012 is just around the corner! For this edition, I decided to share some wonderful resources available for educators and families with young children. The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center sends out Odyssey publication annually featuring articles about issues important to families of deaf and hard of hearing children and the professionals who work with them. The free 2011 issue centers on Early Intervention and Outreach. To obtain this magazine, please go to I encourage you to read another publication titled “Early Beginnings for Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Myths and Facts of Early Intervention and Guidelines for Effective Services” by Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, Ph.D. If you are interested in improving your skills in the field of Early Intervention, please look into Gallaudet’s 6-course (18 credits) Early Education Professional Development Leadership graduate certificate program. This program will provide professionals with current evidence-based knowledge and skills for working with families and their very young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Check this out at I invite you to attend the 11th Annual National EDHI/Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on March 4-6, 2012 ( Misti and I will have an exhibit booth and we hope to see you there! I hope you will have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year! Best Wishes, Sheri Cook



Sharing Power Webinar back by popular demand “Sharing Power” by Robert Whitaker, Psy. S., NCSP, ABSNP

Date: December 8, 2011 Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST Cost: Free of charge Target audience: Teachers, dorm staff, mental health professionals, and parents. Registration: Description: The Clerc Center is launching the first of four free webinars on December 8. The first webinar focuses on the topic of “Sharing Power” by Robert Whitaker, a Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) Psychologist. This webinar will provide practical solutions on how to communicate more effectively when in a power struggle with a deaf or hard of hearing child or adolescent. The first time the Clerc Center offered this webinar on May 19, 2011, the registration filled up quickly. Register soon. In the webinar, Whitaker will address how students can express opposition to mask anxieties or frustrations. For deaf and hard of hearing students in particular, many power struggles relate to communication barriers or accessibility. Whitaker defines the classic power struggle as “two people engaged in a struggle for dominance, each equally committed to winning.” In his webinar, Whitaker explores different aspects of power struggles. First, recognizing when a power struggle is taking place, and then applying strategies for deescalating and resolving conflict situations. The webinar will be presented in American Sign Language with CART captioning available. During the lecture, participants can post questions. After the lecture, Whitaker will respond as many of the audience’s e-mailed questions as time allows. About the presenter: Robert Whitaker, Psy. S., NCSP, ABSNP, is a nationally certified school psychologist with accreditation from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. He has over 15 years of experience working with deaf and hard of hearing children in educational settings. Whitaker received both his master’s degree in developmental psychology and his specialization in school psychology from Gallaudet University.— Striving_for_a_Win-Win_Scenario.html 2



Clerc Center Upcoming Webinars “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bimodal Education” Part 1- January 12, 2012 “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bimodal Education” Part 2- February 9, 2012 “Sharing Autism Research on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students”- April 19, 2012 For more information:

The purpose of GURC?

The Gallaudet University Midwest Regional Center is one of six Gallaudet University Regional Centers (GURCs) in the United States that partners with Gallaudet University. Based in Washington, D.C. and chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is recognized as the premier educator for the deaf community. The GURCs help bring the resources and expertise of Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center to sites across the country through extension courses, training programs, workshops, conferences, enrichment programs, and technical assistance.

We provide information on professional development opportunities.

We provide assistance in planning programs or workshops.

We provide academic excellence through Gallaudet University courses.

We provide technical assistance related to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students

Contact Information

The Midwest Regional Center serves Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Sheri Cook, the Center’s Director, started in October 2010 and Misti Harrison, the Coordinator, started in December 2010.

Sheri S. Cook, Director Office C202B John A Logan College 700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL 62918 VP: 618.565.0054

Sheri and Misti will send out the Midwest GURC e-newsletter quarterly to keep you informed about available conferences, and workshops.

Misti Harrison, Coordinator Office C202A John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL 62918 VP: 618.565.0055

Email Misti Harrison at if you want to let us know about upcoming events, etc. 3

Gallaudet University Midwest Regional Center's Winter E-Newsletter  

This is our 2nd E-Newsletter, focusing on Early Intervention, webinars and odyssey publication

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