Title: 'Interpreters for Tots'
Track: 3 - Language Acquisition and Development
Keyword(s): preschool, interpreter, communication, access
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe critical issues related to children ages 3-5 in mainstream settings who utilize interpreting services.
  2. Identify the gaps in evidence-based practices related to interpreting for preschool children.
  3. Discuss issues related to interpreter training programs as it related to providing services for preschool children.


With the advent of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the majority preschool age children who are deaf and hard of hearing are currently served in public schools, in regular and special education classrooms. Some have been provided an interpreter, or other professional providing communication access. This presentation will discuss: At what age should a child be totally dependent on an interpreter in the classroom? Will a three-year-old be able to fully access the curriculum when an interpreter is employed? How do we determine the student readiness to successfully use an educational interpreter? Should an educational interpreter have special training to work with the pre-school population and what would that look like? On the child’s IEP, how is the interpreter listed- aide, communication facilitator, interpreter? These questions and others were explored when developing a survey for interpreters and their work with preschoolers.
Presentation: Tuesday_Segell_1130_CarrieDavenport_1553.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 5- 1553.doc
Carrie Davenport - Co-Presenter,POC
Ohio State University
     Credentials: MA, Ed.S.
     Other Affiliations: Ohio Hands & Voices
      Carrie Davenport, Ed.S., is a first year doctoral student in Special Education at the Ohio State University. Previously, she was the Early Childhood Consultant for the Center for Outreach Services at the Ohio School for the Deaf, located in Columbus, OH. She has served on several boards and committees including the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening subcommittee, American Society for Deaf Children. Carrie is a founding Board member of Ohio Hands & Voices.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Carol Peltier - Co-Presenter
American School for the Deaf
     Credentials: B.S., M.Ed.
      Carol Peltier currently serves as the Program Director of the ASD Birth to Three Program and Outreach Audiology. Prior to this position, Carol has worked in Deaf Education for 40 years with teaching positions held in grades Pre-School through High School. Carol also supervised grades Pre-School through 2nd grade and the Speech/Language/Audiology Department. In Outreach, she served for three years as the Regional Consultant to schools with deaf and hard of hearing students in the Southeast region of Vermont.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.