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Illinois Service Resource Center A Technical Assistance Center of the Illinois State Board of Education

S e r v i n g C h i l d r e n W i t h A H e a r i n g L o s s A nd Emotional/Behavioral Challenges 847-559-8195 Voice 847-559-9493 TTY 800-550-4772 Helpline (24 Hour) Email: isrc@isrc.us Internet site: www.isrc.us

Fall 2005/ Winter 2006 Edition

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Note from the Director:

It has been a busy fall and winter for the ISRC. The ISRC experienced a roller coaster of events last spring, from the threatened demise of the agency to a restoration of full funding. Since receiving the welcome news, on the cusp of the new fiscal year, that ISRC would be allowed to stay open, we have received an increase in requests for service. In addition to providing technical assistance/ consultation on behavioral issues for students with a hearing loss, this year the ISRC has assisted in the establishment of Behavior Teams in 21 programs serving students with a hearing loss. Training on Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans has helped build the capacity of these programs to keep these students in the Least Restrictive Environment. The ISRC has been collaborating with other statewide technical assistance grants to ensure coordination of services and to participate in the development and implementation of a common data collection/evaluation platform. We are grateful for the support the ISRC has received this year, and the opportunity to continue to provide service to the educational teams and families working with the unique population of students who have both a hearing loss and behavioral challenges. Cheri Sinnott, LCSW ISRC Director In This Issue Page 2. ISRC Coordinates With ISTAC Page 3. Training Workshops Available Page 4. Psychological Consultation Team

Behavior Teams Established For HI Programs/Schools Programs and schools serving students with a hearing loss were invited in the fall to establish Behavior Teams to participate in quarterly training workshops provided by the Illinois Service Resource Center. These training workshops focus on Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Developing Effective Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP). The Orientation/ Introduction Session was held on January 9, 2006 in Tinley Park. There were 21 teams from across the state in attendance. The next session, to be held March 13, 2006, will focus on Data Collection and Interpreting Data. Subsequent sessions are scheduled for September and November, with the same quarterly schedule in 2007. Scheduled presenters include Dr. Rick Van Acker from the University of Illinois, Chicago, Dr. Terry Scott from the University of Florida, Dr. Dale Mers from Oregon, and Dr. Linda Mathias-Kaskel from Evanston, IL. Feedback from the first training indicated an immediate increase in participant knowledge base regarding FBA and BIP. Several participants noted that they have been developing BIPs without conducting FBAs beforehand. Prior to the training, participants completed a questionnaire to evaluate current levels of ability and compliance with federal recommendations. This form will be completed again after a year of training to evaluate the progress of Behavior Team members. The goal of this training effort is to build the capacity of local schools and programs to meet the behavioral needs of students with a hearing loss.


ISRC Coordinates With IL Statewide Technical Assistance Center The Illinois Service Resource Center has been collaborating with other Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) statewide technical assistance projects to ensure coordination of services and to participate in the development and implementation of a common data collection/evaluation platform. Four of the statewide technical assistance projects comprise the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Center (ISTAC). These four agencies are Illinois Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Network (PBIS), Children Have Opportunities in Inclusive Community and Educational Environments (CHOICES), Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (IATTAP) and Parent & Educator Partnership (PEP). The two other statewide technical assistance projects are the Illinois Service Resource Center (ISRC) and Project Reach of the Phillip Rock Center and School for Deaf/Blind Students. The Directors of these six projects meet quarterly with ISBE representatives to review progress and establish future goals. ISBE encourages local school districts to utilize the services of these statewide technical assistance grants to achieve the goals of the State Performance Plan and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities. The grants are funded with federal discretionary dollars from Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In December, 2005, ISBE submitted to the U.S. Department of Education the Illinois State Performance Plan, Part B for 2005-2010. Improvement Activities cited in the plan include recommendations to: •

“Utilize technical assistance projects such as ISRC to provide training, technical assistance and support to school districts to increase effective behavior support plans to increase ongoing access to education.”

“Utilize ISTAC technical assistance projects to: - Increase data-based decision-making about behavior interventions and supports across all school settings in target schools and districts. - Increase use and effect of research-based behavioral strategies among school staff at schoolwide, classroom, and individual levels. - Reduce use of reactive discipline measures in schools (i.e., office discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions and expulsions) for all students.”

ISRC Appreciates Support From Educators, Parents Our thanks goes out to those of you who were among the hundreds who sent letters to the governor’s office and state legislators last Spring in support of ISRC. Your efforts made the difference. We are particularly grateful for the efforts of the following individuals: Following the announcement of funding cuts in early March, 2005, Dr. Patricia Scherer, President of Mental Health and Deafness, Inc. and the International Center On Deafness and the Arts, led a group of interested parties to attend a meeting of the Illinois State Board of Education in Springfield. Her testimony, along with that of parents and professionals, made an impact on ISBE and the governor's office. Elliot Regenstein, Director of Education Reform for Governor Blagojevich, provided guidance and assistance throughout the process. Dr. Steve Vaupel of the ISRC led the letter writing campaign and traveled the state visiting with state legislators.

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Data On Illinois Students Published In American Annals Of The Deaf Illinois students were highlighted in an article in American Annals of the Deaf, Summer 2005, Volume 150. The article, Characteristics of the Population of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students With Emotional Disturbance in Illinois was co-authored by Cheri Sinnott, Director of the Illinois Service Resource Center, and Thomas Jones, Professor of Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Information for this article was obtained from a database of the Illinois Service Resource Center that was established to identify and track students in Illinois with both Hearing Impairment and Emotional Disturbance listed on their Individual Educational Plans. Data was collected in the Behavioral, Educational, Audiological and Demographic domains. ISRC Library Includes

Valuable Resources The Illinois Service Resource Center library offers over 500 items, including books, games, video tapes, audio tapes and psychological testing kits. The materials are available at no charge to individuals who work with students who have a hearing loss and face behavioral and mental health challenges. In addition, there is a wide variety of resources for parents and children. Items are mailed, with return postage included. Materials may be checked out for a period of three weeks. Some categories of resources include: AD/HD, Administration, Autism, Behavior Intervention, Counseling, Deaf Culture, Medication, Parents, Sensory Integration, Sign Language and Social Skills. Several of the materials are available in Spanish. To view the entire library bibliography visit:

www.isrc.us

The data indicated that these students were more likely than students in the general population of students with a hearing loss to have been born prematurely, to have had a prenatal trauma, to have had a later onset of hearing loss, to live in single-parent homes, to belong to an ethnic minority, to live in an urban area and to qualify for low-income health care.

Training Workshops Available Through ISRC The Illinois Service Resource Center offers a variety of training workshops for educational teams and families of students with a hearing loss. Training workshops are available on site at schools and agencies, at parent group meetings, at the ISRC office or offsite at a variety of locations. Some of the workshop topics available through ISRC include: Designing Effective Behavioral Intervention Plans – Learn how to design and write behavioral intervention plans that will not only help meet the individual needs of your students, but will also meet the requirements of state and federal regulations. You will learn how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment, match intervention to behavioral function and write effective behavioral intervention plans. AD/HD and Deafness – This session reviews the various types of AD/HD, along with accommodations and intervention strategies specific to students with a hearing loss. Anger Management – This workshop provides suggestions for the classroom on techniques to resolve anger, for both student and teacher. Autism and Deafness – An overview of the common characteristics of autism, with discussion of teaching methods, strategies and accommodations for students who have both autism and a hearing loss. Sensory Integration Disorders – Participants will gain an understanding of the six domains of sensation and ideas for intervention, i.e. sensory diets. Social Skills Curriculum – This training reviews the new Illinois Learning Standards for Social Emotional Learning and a variety of social skills curriculum that may be used in the classroom. Visual Strategies to Impact Communication and Behavior – Participants will learn how visual strategies can assist with increasing student understanding of the environment and teaching skills that impact behavior. Additional workshops include: Transition Planning, Mental Health Diagnosis, Understanding Psychological Evaluations, Syndromes Related to Deafness, Structuring a Positive Classroom and others. - ISRC Review Page 3 -


Psychological Consultation Team Available For Students Who Are Deaf Many school psychologists have little experience testing students with a hearing loss. When these students require psychological testing, local school psychologists may have questions on selecting appropriate tests for nonverbal students and interpreting results of tests that do not have deaf norms. The Illinois Service Resource Center has assembled a team of psychologists experienced in testing students with a hearing loss. These psychologists are available to provide telephone consultation at no cost to the school district.

ISRC Staff Cheri Sinnott Dr. Steve Vaupel

Chris Mayworm Marilyn Medow Dr. Jim Vanderbosch Alison Mansfield Charles Snyder Ann Sego

Director Behavioral / Psychological Consultant Consultant Social Worker Clinical Psychologist Data Specialist Data Specialist Administrative Assistant

In addition, the ISRC has compiled a booklet, Guidelines for Psychological Testing of Students With a Hearing Loss, and a lending library of psychological testing kits appropriate for students with a hearing loss. To request a copy of the booklet or a list of items available from the test kit library, contact us at isrc@isrc.us.

Learn more about services and resources available from the ISRC www.isrc.us


Illinois State Board of Education Statewide Technical Assistance Centers Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project Kathy Gould, Director 1500 S Grace Street Lombard, IL 60146 630-889-7398 www.illinoisautismproject.org Illinois Service Resource Center Cheri Sinnott, Director 3444 W Dundee Road Northbrook, IL 60062 847-559-8195 www.isrc.us Parent & Educator Partnership Vicki Niswander, Director P.O. Box 381 Mahomet, IL 61853 217-586-7464 www.pepartnership.org


PBIS Network Lucile Eber, Director Forest Road East School 928 Barnsdale Rd #254 LaGrange Park, IL 60526 708-482-4860 www.pbisillinois.org Project CHOICES Ruth Henning, Director 1500 S Grace Street Lombard, IL 60148 630-629-0551 www.projectchoices.org Project Reach / Phillip Rock Center Tina Lechnick, Director 818 DuPage Blvd Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 630-790-2474 www.project-reach-illinois.org Illinois State Performance Plan, Part B for 2005-2010 Improvement Activities cited in the plan include recommendations to: •

“Utilize technical assistance projects such as ISRC to provide training, technical assistance and support to school districts to increase effective behavior support plans to increase ongoing access to education.”

“Utilize ISTAC technical assistance projects to: - Increase data-based decision-making about behavior interventions and supports across all school settings in target schools and districts. - Increase use and effect of research-based behavioral strategies among school staff at school-wide, classroom, and individual levels. - Reduce use of reactive discipline measures in schools (i.e., office discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions and expulsions) for all students.”


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