On Thursday, July 8th, NCHAM will be hosting the webinar:
“Application of Strategies for Fostering JOY: Suggestions for Professionals and
Presented by: Amy Szarkowski,
Beth Jones and Jennifer Clark
We (heart) Fostering Joy!
Parents and professionals continue to collaborate to assist families of
children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) to experience joy in their
family journey. This presentation, conducted jointly by parents and
professionals, will discuss both why it is beneficial for families to focus on
joy, and how to support families in finding and cultivating joy in their
everyday experiences. By highlighting the science of the benefits of
positivity, gratitude, and ‘living in the moment,’ this presentation will lay
the groundwork for the importance and relevance of fostering joy, even – or
perhaps especially – at a time when life is posing difficult challenges for so
many of us. The Fostering Joy movement continues to grow! (Check out the
Fostering Joy FaceBook page for families, the Instagram account for families
and professionals, and the website, open to all:
During this presentation, we
will share a new reflective tool for families. Building on the progress that
has been made by parents in this movement, this presentation will spotlight
what professionals can do to foster joy among the families with whom they work.
Join us as we share a new Tip Sheet for professionals. As we strive to further
grow an inclusive and inviting movement for all who are privileged to work with
and know children who are DHH and their families, we invite you to become a Joy
Ambassador! No application needed, fees required, or job description to fulfill
– just a desire to ‘be mindful of being joyful’ and to ‘spread the word’ about
the importance of fostering joy in whatever way works for you.
· Describe at least two
science-based benefits to demonstrating positivity and/or gratitude.
· Identify two or more
strategies that could be readily implemented either as a professional working
with families, or as a family member with a child(ren) who is DHH.
· Generate a self-statement about
what it would mean in one’s own life to be a “Joy Ambassador.”
Amy Szarkowski, Children's
Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf
Amy Szarkowski, PhD, is the
Director of The Institute at the Children's Center for Communication/Beverly
School for the Deaf (CCCBSD), and faculty for LEND (Leadership Education in
Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities), at Boston Children's Hospital.
Dr. Szarkowski holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor in the
Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also an adjunct
instructor for the Infants, Toddlers and Families (ITF) Interdisciplinary
program at Gallaudet University.
Beth Jones, Nevada Hands &
Beth Jones is the Guide By
Your Side Coordinator for Nevada Hands & Voices, as well as an Educational
Advocate for the ASTra Program. Prior to beginning a family, Beth earned her
Master’s degree in Special Education and worked as an Autism Teacher and
Behavior Mentor Teacher. Beth became involved with Hands & Voices when two
of her three children were identified as being deaf/hard of hearing, and has
been a part of Nevada Hands & Voices since 2012. She serves on many
state-wide and national committees, teams, and advisory boards as a parent
leader to help advocate and support children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
Jennifer Clark, Hawaii
Department of Health Early Intervention
Jennifer Clark received her
Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies: Sign Language
Interpreting, from California State University, Fresno and her Master’s Degree
from Gallaudet University in Deaf Education: Family Centered Early Education.
Since 2010, Jennifer has been working with D/HH/DB children (birth-3) as the
Early Intervention Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Specialist for the Hawaii
Department of Health.
Webinar date: July 8, 2021
Webinar start times (by time
· 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT
· 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT
· 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT
· 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
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