Tennessee School for the Deaf - Knoxville

Support meetings for parents conducted in various locations across the state throughout the school year. Current locations: Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Jackson, and Memphis. These meetings are established to provide parents and families opportunity to collaborate with other parents, professionals, and organizations supporting families of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you are interested in starting a parent support group or attending one in your area contact Paula Wagner, Parent Outreach Coordinator.
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Phone: (865) 579-2500 ext 2507
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An annual event providing a fun filled weekend involving activities for the entire family. Programs and activities are provided for all ages designed to give both parents and siblings opportunity to increase the understanding and knowledge necessary for meeting the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children. For more information contact Paula Wagner, Parent Outreach Coordinator.
Email:
Phone: (865) 579-2500 ext 2507
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Newsletters are published monthly from August through June presenting peer reviewed parenting tips provided by The Parent Institute. Monthly publications focus on early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students. Important dates for upcoming parent support meetings and student/school activities are included in each issue. Quarterly activity calendars are also available for download at our website. Copies are available by request in hardcopy, electronic submission or by downloading from tsd website. Click here: tsdeaf.org/publications/pmnews.pdf. Contact Paula Wagner, Parent Outreach Coordinator for more information or to be added to our distribution list.
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Phone: (865) 579-2500 ext 2507
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Tennessee School for the Deaf offers three summer camp opportunities. Junior camp is for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Senior Camp is for students entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. Camp Courage is designed to meet the needs of those Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students with one or more disabilities. Students entering grades 7-12 are accepted. For more information about locations and dates contact Scott Skelton, Camp Director.
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Phone: (865) 978-6022 VP or (865) 579-2425 (Voice)
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The Shared Reading Project ¤ videos - ASL (SRP) is a highly acclaimed national program for parents and caregivers. SRP matches participating families with Deaf tutors. A Deaf tutor visits with the family of a deaf or hard of hearing child and demonstrates how to read a popular children's book in American Sign Language (ASL). Family members practice signing the book and receive feedback from the tutor. Family members then read the book to the child in ASL as the tutor watches and offers helpful hints. At the end of each weekly session, the tutor provides the family with a book bag. The book bag contains a copy of the book, a DVD of the storybook being read in ASL that family members can use for practice, a bookmark with tips on reading to deaf children, and a guide with family activities relating to the particular book for that week. For more information contact Paula Wagner, Parent Outreach Coordinator:
Email:
Phone: (865) 579-2500 ext 2507
 
or Michel Swafford, Early Childhood Development Teacher:
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Sibshops are high-energy, pedal to the metal, fun programs for siblings of children with special needs. While they are not therapy, many parents report that they are therapeutic in nature. We play fun games, create delicious meals or snacks together, and share in peer-support activities. Geared for sibs ages 8 — 13, Sibshops provide a safe haven to talk about the good and not-so-good aspects of life with a sibling with special needs. For many of the sibs, it's often the first time they meet other kids whose lives are similar to their own. When asked about Sibshops, most attendees would say they are just plain FUN! Contact Tina Prochaska at or 865-579-2429 for more information.
SibShop pictures
SibShop website: siblingsupport.org
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Teen Sibshops are similar to the ones for younger children in that they offer fun, food and fellowship for teenagers ages 14 — 18 who have siblings with special needs. We still play games, but they are geared towards the older sibs. Talking is the main focus of a Teen Sibshop (along with the food, of course!), and it's often done in a recreational setting. Just like the regular Sibshops for younger sibs, Teen Sibshops provide a safe haven to talk about the good and not-so-good aspects of life with a sibling with special needs. Contact Tina Prochaska at or 865-579-2429 for more information.
SibShop pictures
SibShop website: siblingsupport.org
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SibCamp is a two day sleep-over camp held during June. Just like Sibshops, SibCamp is designed for children ages 8 — 13 who have siblings with special needs. To be eligible for SibCamp, children must be involved in a local sibling support program and be between the ages of 8 and 13 on the first day of camp. SibCamp application forms are available from the sponsoring sibling support programs or by emailing Tina Prochaska at .

SibCampers will stay in the cottages at TSD; SibCamp leaders will be adults involved in the sponsoring sibling support programs. SibCamp will be similar to traditional camps; there will be lots of cookouts, campfires, crafts and water games. What will make SibCamp unique is that there will also be sibling support activities planned for each day. SibCampers will arrive on Thursday afternoon and their families can help them get settled in the cottages. Once the families leave, the SibCamp fun begins! SibCamp will close on Friday evening with a Family Celebration. SibCampers' parents and siblings will be invited to join us as we honor and celebrate all that makes our families special.
2013 SibCamp — June 27-28
SibShop pictures
SibShop website: siblingsupport.org
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The Summer Institute for Educational Interpreters is a four day training held in June. This training is sponsored by the State Department of Education and the Tennessee School for the Deaf. The Institute is open to all interpreters. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to those educational interpreters currently working in Tennessee's schools. Teachers of the deaf/hard-of-hearing who occasionally serve as interpreters would also be given priority. This training is designed to enhance interpreting skills in the educational setting, so it would not be appropriate for those persons who are beginning to learn sign language. Participants should have good sign language skills. School systems are encouraged to grant in-service credit to individuals who successfully complete the requirements of the Institute. Contact Tina Prochaska at 865/579-2429 or , or see the attached document for more information. You can also download the registration form.
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Edterp is a listserv for educational interpreters in the state of Tennessee. For more information or to join the listserv, contact Tina Prochaska at 865/579-2429 or .
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Tennessee School for the Deaf serves as a test site for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) performance test. The EIPA is offered to interpreters who live or work in Tennessee. Test dates are publicized on the TSD home page as well as to subscribers to EDTERP. For a description of the EIPA consult the EIPA website. To schedule a test contact Tina Prochaska , 865/579-2429.
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TSD Communication Specialists will provide regional trainings and in-services upon request. Contact Tina Prochaska at 865/579-2429 or for more information.

Trainings are available on the following topics:
  • Ethics
  • Conceptual accuracy
  • Classifiers
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Developing student independence
  • Logistics
  • Directionality
  • Non-manual markers
  • Sign continuum
  • CASE
  • Modifications for hh/cochlear implanted students
  • Best practices for educational interpreters
  • EIPA
  • Re-structuring written text to be more comprehensible to deaf/hh students
  • Increasing your sign language vocabulary
  • Handling technical/academic vocabulary
  • Expressive and receptive fingerspelling
  • Sign to voice interpreting
  • Voice to sign interpreting
  • Interpreting narrative texts (storytelling)
  • Interpreting specific subjects (English, math, science, social studies)
  • Cognitive processing for interpreters
  • Interpreting idiomatic and figurative language
  • Interpreting process models
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TSD offers evening sign language classes on the Knoxville campus to parents and community members several times a year. Contact Tina Prochaska at 865/579-2429 or for more information.
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Comprehensive audiological evaluations of infants and children, ages 0-21, including:

  • Newborn hearing screening ages 0 to 3 (Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAEs) for initial and rescreens) including ongoing monitoring for at risk follow-up.
  • Early Intervention ages 0 to 3
    • Loaner Hearing Aids and Trial FM Systems through Friends of Tennessee Babies with Special Needs Loaner Hearing aid Bank
  • Headstart/Preschool ages 3 to 5
  • School-age
    • educational consultative services
    • classroom amplification analysis
    • screening for auditory processing disorders
  • Consultation with families and professionals regarding the interpretation of audiology test results
  • Collaboration with private and clinical audiologists throughout the state to support audiological testing and ensure quality services for deaf and hard of hearing children
Contact Crista Duncan at or Sheila Franklin for more information.
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TSD will do psychological and audiological assessments as requested by school systems on students who are deaf/hard of hearing. These assessments will be conducted at TSD by our staff. We will work with the family of the student and the school system to find a convenient time for scheduling the assessment. Please contact Judi Brookshire at for more information or to make a referral.
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TSD staff will travel to school systems to observe either a student or a program providing services to a student who is deaf/hard of hearing at the request of the school system. Following the observation a report with recommendations will be provided to the referring school system. Please contact Judi Brookshire at for more information or to make a referral.
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TSD staff has expertise in a variety of areas. For a list of trainings and/or in-services that can be presented by our staff please contact Judi Brookshire at for more information.
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Are children welcome to attend meetings? Meetings may have childcare or activities available. Parents are welcome to bring children to any meeting. Please contact Paula Wagner for further information.

How do I register to attend a parent meeting? RSVP information is included on the meeting brochure. Please contact Paula Wagner for further information.

My child is not deaf but has disabilities. Can I attend your parent support meetings? TSD parent support meetings are specifically for families of children with a hearing loss. Our department can assist you with finding a parent support group which is designed for the specific needs of your family. Please contact Paula Wagner for further information.

Do you offer sign language classes to the general public? Yes. For more information, contact Tina Prochaska at or 865-579-2429 or read more here.

What are Sibshops and how can I enroll my child? Contact Tina Prochaska at or 865-579-2429 or read more about SibShops.

I need an interpreter for an appointment or event. Do you provide those? No, we only offer interpreting services for our students. To schedule interpreters for community events, contact an interpreting service provider in your area:
Knoxville: Knoxville Center of the Deaf || Visual Communication Interpreting, Inc.
Johnson City: Communication Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Chattanooga: Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
Nashville: Bridges
Jackson: The Jackson Center for Independent Living
Memphis: DeafConnect of the Mid-South

How does an LEA schedule observations or assessments for a deaf/hard of hearing student in Tennessee's public schools? Contact Judi Brookshire at or 865-579-2452.

How do I get my child enrolled at TSD? If you are interested in your child attending TSD, the first step is to contact your local Special Education director to begin the process. After your child's local school system refers your child to TSD, you will be contacted to set up a preadmission evaluation. If you'd like more information about this, please contact Judi Brookshire, Director of CERC, at or 865-579-2452.

Do you provide services for older deaf adults? No. We serve deaf and hard of hearing students between the ages of 3 and 22. For adult services, please contact www.tennessee.gov/humanserv/rehab/vrs.html Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Are there any events scheduled for deaf children and their families in my area? Please check the calendar at tndeaflibrary.nashville.gov.

Do you offer services to children with complex communication needs who have normal hearing? No. Additional information may be found at the following websites:
www.aacandautism.com — The Center for AAC and Autism
www.chargesyndrome.org — The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation

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