POPDHH E-learning Workshops and Resources – We are pleased to share the presentations and useful links from our April workshops. Click to visit the page,
EASE at Home Resources – In response to the pandemic and requests received from educators, some EASE classroom activities have been updated for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health and continuous learning during this difficult time and beyond.
EASE ‘At Home’ K-3 and 4-7 activities are now available on EASE website. Please feel free to share these resources amongst your various networks, educators and families. They will also be posted soon on the Keep Learning BC website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/.
April 2, 2020 Update
Dear Deaf Education Professionals, District Partners, POPDHH Counterparts and Friends,
Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing may be experiencing additional levels of isolation or anxiety about the unknown due to language or communication barriers. Check out this COVID Book that uses visual and simple language to help children understand why they are experiencing so many changes in their day to day life. For children who rely on Visual Language to communicate, these resources – courtesy of FNDC may be of interest to them or the helpful adults in their life who may not yet have the ASL vocabulary required to explain what is happening.
POPDHH is continuing with ongoing programming involving technology, such as ASL online and ASL Office Hours. Our TDHH Mentorship program will also continue.
We understand students are disappointed that Deaf and Hard of Hearing Connections Week is cancelled. We are reaching out to district partners to develop some opportunities for students to connect online.
Other points to consider:
- Please follow your district’s directives around contacting students individually.
- When you speak to families, be sure to emphasize that everyone’s physical distancing efforts are important! Reiterate self-isolation, hand-washing, sanitizing high traffic areas like door knobs, etc.
- Check-in with your district about community resources available to vulnerable families. If the families you work with need food or access to basic services, it may be helpful for you to know how to redirect those requests or make connections.
- If your district is expecting you to provide face-to-face services using a web meeting platform, the following Tele-therapy and Behaviour guides may be helpful to you as you begin to think about how you will implement services:
Teletherapy for Therapists
Teletherapy for Parents
- Check out these videos about closed captioning for web meeting platforms. Closed captioning included!
- Check out these Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines: http://csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP_PAGuidelines_0-65plus_en.pdf. Encourage families to get outside in unpopulated areas and move around (school aged kids need at least an hour of moderate activity per day, plus at least 3 hours of vigorous activity per week). Teachers, make sure that you are also getting off screens and getting some fresh air, too!
And finally, we’d like to share this blog post with you that explicitly addresses the unique situation we find ourselves in as educators (and maybe parents). Read on to learn more about the difference between ‘home schooling’ and ‘crisis schooling’.: https://www.heatheranneworld.com/post/homeschooling-is-not-the-same-as-crisis-schooling-advice-during-coronavirus-covid-19-shut-downs.
We are here to support you!