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  • Our Ontario Human Rights Action November 2004
    stepping and one on one support The school system said None of these reports state that the child needs an educational assistant so he is not getting one ISA Program and another one bites the dust The Ontario Ministry of Education developed a new program for the children with special needs through out the province The child was assessed by the special ed team at school pertinent reports were included in the vast documentation the child was assigned her his own ISA number and money given to the school board was to be spent on the child who had the special needs accountable to the Ministry of Education This was published on the Ministry s website before the school boards were informed The school board lawyers spent two weeks evaluating this regulation and concluded that it was impossible to beat The school boards all got together simply to defeat the accountability issues within the regulations saying it was impossible It was impossible because the schools were not spending that money on the children For example Reid s OT had ordered a MS enhanced keyboard for his computer It never turned up in the special ed room because it was being used by the school secretary who had found it ISA was re written and re written each time with more categories and less accountability for the child At the same time I found out that my child was an ISA 10 3 which meant he generated 36 000 to the school board for his special ed special needs money for the EA the computer was generated from ISA 1 funding Ontario Human Rights Commission So when you are reading this today there seems to be a much better pre school knowledge of child development in the medical system and perhaps in the education system Our experiences sound like the dark ages but my son has just finished high school In the process of getting him through school I ended up taking the Upper Grand District School Board to the Ontario Human Rights Commission for not educating him because he was entitled to special supports as a disabled child and he did not get them This legal action concluded last month The use of an overhead projector during all classes instead of a blackboard has several advantages for the hard of hearing student the student can see the teachers face for speechreading and the overhead notes let the student know what is being talked even if they have got off track and the notes can be easily photocopied to provide good notes for the student The use of the overhead and the use of FM by the teacher is written in Reid s IEP My initial complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Commission was because the overhead was not in the grade 10 English class therefore the teacher school and school board were not using the IEP The teacher who was named in the action was married to the Music teacher who thought Mr Holland s Opus was the greatest movie except for the pathetic deaf child I had taught Reid self defense with a soprano recorder and thought singing was the way to go Reid became the sound man for all the school concerts and ceremonies He has a vast natural understanding of sound because of his hearing loss In Reid s last year he should have been thanked for all his hours of sound table work Instead he was completely replaced by a younger student and shunned by the music teacher which he got away with because his band work was volunteer The Principal of the school and two of his teachers apologized to Reid and expressed their dismay As a result the Ontario Human Rights Commission action which might have fizzled out developed a new angle called constant and on going terrible happenings The problem was that the OHRC would not accept evidence from other students evening for classroom bullying and the teachers never seemed to remember saying exactly what was reported Tape Recorder in his Pocket Reid has had a tape deck in his pocket or school bag for years We made sure it was working so he could simply record the bullying as a threat or to protect himself THe problem is that so far he has been to upset to remember to turn it on none the less self preservation is always good In the end the Upper Grand District School Board had to apologize to Reid and his family and they had to look at each student with special needs to see if the student was fairly treated and if Reid were still in school he would have the EA he has needed since the beginning The school board is buying him an oral lap top to help in his future If you happen to be the parents of a child in the Upper Grand District School board who was in school and was badly treated because his her disabilities were not dealt with please phone the Ontario Human Rights Commission in the near future I would like to thank every one at the Ontario Human Rights Commission who helped in the daunting process Undertaking such a challenge not knowing that next friend is a legal term meaning mother I greatly appreciate the patience and explanations I used to read the Ontario Education law step by step on sleepless nights I also read a lot of American education law I took enough free courses from http snow utoronto ca to learn how to deal with the LD lack of organization adaptive tech in the class that I was part of the http millennium aed org faces shtml Candlish AED millenium project forums for adaptive tech in classrooms I felt strongly that Reid s teachers ought to know all this stuff already because they were teachers I was very pleased to have his special ed teacher taking one of the http snow utoronto ca courses

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  • Through the Cracks
    many organizations who have added hard of hearing to their name and purpose but are doing little or nothing for hard of hearing children Hearing aid companies made big promises that hearing aids make it better which implies a cure Most children with mild hearing losses were treated by the doctor and never saw an audiologist Impact of Cochlear Implants on Hard of Hearing Children Now that the very deaf children are getting cochlear implants their aided thresholds take them to better hearing than many hard of hearing children Based on the aided audiogram technically they are no longer entitled to the support the schools would give them before the implants So all of a sudden hard of hearing children have needs How Many Kids at School Can hear the Teacher Most classrooms are acoustic nightmares Soundfield amplification works for everyone improves the sound quality and lessens the strain on the teacher s throat T he number of hard of hearing children in the population could make a viable political group who could force the schools to make classrooms better acoustically for every student Most children with mild hearing losses do not get past the doctor to the audiologist Neither do they learn tenses and plurals easily Ask the child Can you hear me The child answers yes The child is presumed to hear from that point on The child does not know when the child does not hear Many teachers do not understand the complexities of hearing loss Teachers must learn more about all the special complications in the human being which impede learning High cost High tech Solutions The children who have greater hearing thresholds often have high tech parents focused on solving the problems These parents understand the frequencies of speech the earshot the maintenance of audiological

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  • June July 07 Each Child Needs
    managed to remove the importance of my comment which was that Handicaps were described as mild moderate severe and profound I said the bulk of the research was only on the profound end of things but the importance of all the levels had to be incorporated into the research grid and the future expectations of services needed to include ALL LEVELS Funding Caregivers I also find a vast difference between studies and reality Someone told the Ontario government that people with disabilities want jobs and there is now a bi program which allows you to earn a little more money before being cut off Disability I am older with a progressive disability The world had a chance to provide me with a job which would me to save millions towards my old age but did not even see fit to provide me with an income because the handicapped child was mine When Reid was 10 and defining his other disabilities we finally got Ontario Handicapped Children s allowance which paid for the hearing aids He did not get Handicapped Children s allowance for his hearing loss Many governments have been resistant to the idea of funding parents of children with special needs Our current government iis very proud of a new plan which allows parents of severely disabled children to put money away for the child s future like a RESP but they expect the parents to acquire the money I know many many parents of children with severe disabilities and none of them have enough money to put away money for the future It is common in Ontario for the parents of handicapped children to use the allowance to fund life insurance on the parent so when the parent dies the child inherits more money to look after his future Any money which the child gets must be in a Henson trust so the basic Ontario Disability money is not cut off until the life insurance money is spent http www kpopelaw ca TorontoStar htm In Britain and Australian care givers are now paid A vast step forward but still maintained in poverty If the parents live in poverty so do the kids Childhood Poverty Childhood poverty is one of those concepts that the government like to talk about but the solution of really funding the real costs of having children by the state rather than the parents At the same time babies go on being born into families that cannot afford them Of my children s friends who have gone on to reproduce these who waited through university can provide a better material life Not all children s parents are going to go to university Not all the people who have decided to have babies should have done that I have great difficulty observing a 15 or 16 year old girl picking out one of the stupid men who is already a father with another woman By becoming a mother the woman is eliminating her own choices yet

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  • Help for Teachers
    you hear me The child will answer yes Also the child will answer yes to a question including the child s name The yes is in response to the awareness of the teacher s use of the child s name and does not indicate the child understands it all Do use the child s name to get attention before giving instructions also establish eye contact when possible Face the class while talking Repeat instructions Write homework on the board Use an agenda book for homework and assignments If the child seems to have heard you and goes on with an undesirable action the child probably has not heard you Always give the child the benefit of doubt Do not attempt your own hearing test by asking the child behind his back if he would like ice cream If you have been told the child has a hearing loss he or she does Do you have degrees in audiology Do not test lip or speech reading skills either Most people are quite good at speechreading and a hard of hearing child is blessed if speechreading works The parents of a auditory verbal child need hours of language time every day with the child So far the school systems have not really understood how demanding it is to teach a child to talk and at the same time are not providing adequate one to one language during school hours If this is the case there is little time left for homework Parents may not be able to explain a concept If the Child is at School the FM assitive device must be on the Teacher A lariat mike is much less effective If you are interested in having the child hear as clearly as possible use a head mounted mike for the

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  • Learning New Things Takes Time
    learning theory for just about anything is that you learn faster if you have games to play The little square window works better for Mahjong and worse for Collapse two of my favorite free on line games I usually score in the 5000 range with Collapse using a mouse I just get to 500 with the lap top So I ll probably need a mouse I was totally defeated by a non ergonomic keyboard So we got another ergonomic keyboard and hooked it up Now I can type again So I was all set to do the web on the desk top when a new version of Office came in and shot Front Page which I have used since 2000 to write this web Microsoft s proposed products to replace Front Page have nothing to do with what I want a web program to do not to mention ridiculous prices I decided to not put Front Page in the laptop until we could use the programs together I have so much new stuff around that relaxing without the book of instructions for anything from the TV to the microwave is dangerous I have also noticed that I have chosen not

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  • Finding Talk Time
    are unreasonable about their perceived needs Grumpy children have finished learning for the day As a stay at home mom by 7 pm I had had enough of my children and started bathes and stories for bed Today s parents often are working until later have traffic etc and don t want to hassle the child for the brief time you have together This ultimately means the children watch more and more TV later and later or play on a computer both possibly very informative activities but one thing I know is that children learn best in real time experiencing the world first hand when they are not tired Bed time at 8 on School Nights Also read in ivillage parent news that learning disabilities are aggravated by a lack of sleep and certainly hard of hearing children frequently are so tired at school that academic subjects are placed in the morning So making plans for this year how about more sleep and less TV We had staggered bedtimes from 7 15 7 30 7 45 8 00 In half day programs many children are bushed after lunch in pre school kindergarten and in grade one having to go to school all day is again exhausting Play Outside After School I think children should regain the habit of going outside to play after school If you have a rotten neighbourhood then make a cooperative play group at a park sharing the guarding responsibilities but get the kids off their fannies Mostly what I see when I drive around are huge middle class neighbourhoods with very nice gardens and no evidence of children yet there are lots of kids in the schools so there are kids but they are inside the houses probably watching TV or using the computer Children are Active Naturally and Need Fresh Air Children sit still too much at school Most of the children I know are very active as pre schoolers and some learn to sit still be quiet take orders as part of a group in kindergarten I was shocked to see so little gym at school I had gym daily throughout my schooling until university and soccer after school My children could choose gym in high school but it is not a required course Also I think children should go outside at recess and breath fresh air If the air is not fresh then do something about the air quality We had a school board order in Montreal that all the school windows were opened by the teacher for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon regardless of the weather This was to refresh the school room air The children are getting collectively fatter and fatter which heads to diabetes so if the family is headed to the golden arches for supper great speech opportunity ordering dinner they should have a good run or fly a kite or have a bike ride or first Better for their lungs too which

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  • Speech Pathology with my grandaughters in Guelph Ontario
    speech pathologist said she was so sorry that her profession assumed early remediation would eliminate school problems Barb s path through school presented difficulties which should have had continuing speech pathology She was simply lumped with the other difficult kids the obdurate stubborn non learners She had verbal apraxia Day Care Home Care I certainly agree with the realization of the importance of early childhood in the development of a human but I also think that if one parent is committed to the cause home parenting is better than school because the energy flow of the child s life is determined by the child not the other children and the artificial schedule related to the parent s work or the school system Part time day care part time home care works well for everyone as long as everyone manages to have fun together as a family At the Speech Pathologist s Office The atmosphere is more child friendly these days Both girls had their appointments together which imitates the life of twins The SP began with a book which was familiar of dogs and snow The SP and the kids sat a tiny chairs at a tiny table The children lasted 9 minutes then exploded in energy running around the room I wondered if the kids were allowed to stop before the end of the book They were allowed to run around but still had to finish the book They had other activities all planned to generate speech One reward was parts of a person to put on a family portrait The kids seemed to know what was coming next My favorite toy was plastic fruit which can be cut in half with a plastic knife and has the seeds inside What a difference from the black and white simple word pictures which we used for Barbara Have Fun Pay Attention The children s attention is kept focused by not having many thing visible which not in the lesson plan The girls greatly enjoyed cooking the fruit in pots in the oven The Fisher Price kitchen play stove now has a cell phone and a microwave The concept being emphasized is in so there was lots of putting pots in the oven a little on the stove and in the microwave Me Want The SP is working on I WANT as opposed to me want My daughter hates to hear I want and I mentioned that to the SP Dr Ling and I used to talk about this all the time simple speech makes simple speech As an auditory verbal parent I understand that the tense Would like is the future conditional Want is the present and simpler when you are working on I instead of Me And the time spent at the SP is very limited compared to the hours and hours at home when you can model please with every request If you say it enough around the kids sooner or later they will also say Please may

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  • school-cry or laugh
    and speech therapist or auditory verbal therapist Secret I cried For those you are crying I can only say you have to get used to it and very quickly because meet the creature night is coming up You have earned at least one whole day to yourself in the tub with a new book about anything but children with hearing losses You can only enjoy your day in the tub if you have finished wailing He Cried No doubt Reid won the universal award for stinker as a preschooler He was also my baby so I had a little more time for him My concerns when he went to school were based on hoping the school system would try hard on his behalf He cried every day in kindergarten I would go into school see him crying and the teacher telling him to buck up This was mainstreaming and the principal had already threatened me for asking for a TA in his class The child who was blind also cried at school but she had a TA to try and divert her If your child is crying at school your child is not ready for school This is one thing I would change take Reid out of kindergarten for another year to let him grow up at home Special Rules for the School and Teachers about your hard of hearing Child the IEP No matter how hard you think anyone has advocated for you and your hard of hearing child you still have to be knowledgeable There are rules and regulations for many things and if you think a rule is important for your child s successful school career then make sure that the rule is in the IEP Individual Education Plan Some usual rules for hard of hearing children A scribe is provided to take notes because most children with hearing problems have great dificulties listening and writing at the same time An overhead projector is used in every class If the teacher is good on the overhead you can ask that those notes be photocopied and given to all the hard of hearing children in the class The child s name is to be used when asking something of the child The room must either have a soundfield or a mike on the teacher The room should be checked for ambient noise You should have negotiated an IEP at some point before the child went to school However if you are not happy with the child s situation at school the first place to start is with the teacher For example PM fading means the child is too tired to learn after lunch the solution is to schedule academics in the morning Try asking the teacher if s he sees the same problem you do Meet the Creature Night I have not found meet the creature night to be a good time to talk about the needs of the hard of hearing child Sometimes we ended up with

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