Title: 'Access to All Communication Modes for Toddlers at the Texas School for the Deaf'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): toddlers, communication mode, ECI, options
Learning Objectives:
  1. List the advantages of offering all communication modes to families regardless of the setting
  2. Identify the challenges that come from offering all communication modes on a bilingual-biculteral school campus
  3. Explain why it is important for toddler programs to offer all modes of communication to families


The Texas School for the Deaf has a 0-3 program that includes a daily site based component for the older toddlers. Beginning this past June, 2013, we have begun making changes to our toddler program in order to ensure that we can offer families support in the different options that must be available to families working with ECI. To that end, we have added a soundfield FM system to our Toddler Learning Center. We also hired two full time teachers/Parent Advisors this year with added specializations. One teacher has additional training to work with children who have special needs in addition to deafness. The other teacher has additional training to work with children who have auditory potential for listening and spoken language skills. We have a total of three teachers and all are also proficient in ASL. This is allowing us to ensure that we can offer all families options for varying communication modes in addition to ASL. This presentation would focus on the changes that we are making as well as the inherent challenges of trying to support all modes of communication in a program that is located on a campus that is bilingual-bicultural (ASL/English).
Presentation: 1372MariHubig.pdf

Handouts: Handout_1372MariHubig.pdf
Mari Hubig - Primary Presenter
Texas School for the Deaf
     Credentials: B.S. - Communication Sciences and Disorders M.E.d - Curriculum and Instruction
     Other Affiliations: BEI Level II Interpreter
      Mari Hubig has been a Deaf Education teacher for 20 years. Within those 20 years, 17 years have been dedicated to working with families with children in ECI (birth to three). In addition to Deaf Education, Ms. Hubig also has a background in Primary Montessori education. She is currently the 0-3 Outreach Coordinator and Parent Infant Program Supervisor at the Texas School for the Deaf, supervising five full-time staff and overseeing services to 14 families and children in the Austin, Texas area.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.