2019 Parent Training Presenters!
Karen Putz is a deaf mom to three deaf and hard of hearing kids who are now young adults. Karen is the Co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion at Hands & Voices. For fun, she is currently on a quest to barefoot water ski in all 50 states.
Karen will be talking about “Twists and Turns on the Parenting Journey” and “The Gift of a Different Ability.” She will touch on the topics of parenting challenges and human potential–both from the perspective of a deaf adult as well as a parent.
My name is Susan Fischer and I am a speech language pathologist with over 20 years experience 🙂 I have a private practice (Fischer Pediatric Therapy Services) in Fort Collins CO. I work two days a week for Wyoming Families for Hands & Voices, providing support and guidance to families who have children with hearing loss via the READ Plus Program. I feel privileged to have a career that affords me the opportunity to work directly with families/parents and provide guidance and strategies to help each child meet his/her unique potential.
My presentation will introduce parents and professionals to the The R.E.A.D. PLUS Program which is a unique opportunity provided at no cost to Wyoming families who have children with hearing loss ages birth – five. Participants in the R.E.A.D. PLUS Program will learn “book sharing” strategies, have the opportunity to learn to incorporate sign language while reading/sharing books with their child and will receive support to explore speech and language targets within books. Participants in the R.E.A.D. PLUS Program will also receive support to understand their child’s hearing loss and understand the potential impact of the hearing loss on their child. Participants will be empowered with strategies for speech and language development.