Title: 'Online Resources for Early Intervention '
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): resources, family involvement, language acquisition
Learning Objectives:
  1. 1. Participants will become familiar with online resources available through to support early intervention professionals and the families of deaf and hard of hearing children.
  2. 2. Participants will become familiar with five factors to enhance language acquisition in early intervention programs.


Families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing are often isolated from the interventions services they need, either because of location, or lack of information or resources. Early intervention professionals often struggle to find the appropriate resources for their programs and the families they serve. This presentation will introduce participants to new online resources designed to support early intervention professionals and provide resources that can be shared with parents and caregivers. The Clerc Center has developed two free new online resources for early intervention service providers and the families they serve. The Early Intervention Network showcases five factors of early intervention programs that enhance language acquisition for deaf or hard of hearing children. It provides program components, supporting evidence and a discussion forum for practitioners. Early Intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is a seven module web product that was developed in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital. These modules will guide families through the early intervention process through short videos supplemented with additional information and resources. Participants will leave the presentation familiar with these resources and how to use them to support families with deaf and hard of hearing children.
Presentation: 1260Elizabeth (Betsy)Meynardie.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Elizabeth (Betsy) Meynardie - Primary Presenter
Gallaudet University
     Credentials: Masters Degree in School counseling for deaf and hard of hearing students
      Betsy Meynardie is the director of Training, Products, and Dissemination at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She coordinates the design, development, and dissemination of national outreach products and programs at the Clerc Center. After receiving her master’s degree in school counseling from Gallaudet, Meynardie began her career at the Clerc Center’s Model Secondary School for the Deaf, developing and implementing proactive, student-centered programs in the Student Life department. She also coordinated professional development for Clerc Center teachers and staff before moving to national outreach work, designing, developing, and delivering workshops in literacy and social-emotional health. Meynardie has been doing national outreach work for over 15 years.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.