EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 2017

Hand-N-Hand Program Center
1707 S Oneida St, Green Bay, WI 54304 (new location as of 6/1/17)

Contact Jenny Geiken to register, jlgeiken@hnhnew.org

Connecting children and families!

             

DHH PLAYGROUP offers children ages birth to five who are deaf & hard of hearing, their parents, families, and caregivers the opportunity to have fun and learn in a friendly environment that promotes language, early literacy, and social & emotional development. While implementing a Total Communication (TC)* philosophy, this group welcomes everyone to participate in play, songs, arts & crafts, stories, and enjoy the experience of getting together!  DHH Playgroups include, circle time, free play, table activities, and group snack time. Activities are presented using sign and spoken language. This is a great time for families who are just beginning to use sign language to practice their skills. While interacting with their children, parents have the opportunity to learn about hearing loss, discover resources, and support each other through chatting with other parents, professionals, and members associated with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.  Annual registration required.
 * Total Communication (TC) is a philosophy of educating children with hearing loss that incorporates all means of communication; formal signs, natural gestures, fingerspelling, body language, listening, lipreading and speech.

LITTLE LISTENERS will assist families in developing a sound foundation for their early listener using auditory/oral communication.  Through play, speech and listening activities, children and parents will learn strategies to support listening skills and spoken language development.  Parents will have opportunities to share experiences and questions with other families in a supportive environment.  Classes will focus on aural habilitation including small group, hands on activities, and “talking points” with the families.   Little Listeners is open to children with hearing and/or speech differences (18 mos. - 36 mos.) and their families.  Minimum group enrollment is required.  Fee for class. 

MUSIC-N-MOTION (MNM) is a music & movement class for infants, toddlers, preschoolers…and the grownups who love them!  Music is powerful and participation in musical activities enhances learning by promoting communication skills, listening skills, language skills, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional development, and creativity.  Classes are open to families who have children with hearing and/or speech differences, ages 6 months to preschool.   Minimum group enrollment is required.  Fee for class.

 

BEGINNING SIGN LANGUAGE will introduce common signs and teach individuals how to incorporate sign language into daily routines of infants and toddlers.  Functional words commonly used in the child’s environment are emphasized.  The sign vocabulary can be used to express basic wants, needs and feelings.  In this class you will be introduced to Deaf culture and learn basic ASL features.  This class is open to the Community.  Families with children who have hearing and/or speech differences are encouraged to enroll.  Fee for class.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (ASL I) will introduce vocabulary, structure of ASL, and Deaf culture.  ASL I is designed from a curriculum that balances grammar instruction and conversational skills and will offer exercises to develop language proficiency.  Minimum group enrollment is required.  Fee for class.
FAMILY SIGN LANGUAGE will introduce and expand on sign language naturally through fun family activities.   Every family has conversations, some predictable, some happen unexpectedly. In this class you will learn about language and Deaf culture actively through games, stories and creative interactive opportunities.  This 10-week class is open to the public; individuals (age 6+) who have a base to the language and will attend with a family member.  Class size is limited.  Minimum enrollment required.  Fee for class.
ROOTS-N-WINGS (RNW) teaches children age 6 through 12 the basic roots of sign language while encouraging participants to spread their wings and feel comfortable using the language.  Children will learn sign language naturally through games, stories and fun activities highlighted with opportunities to interact with members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.  This class is open to HNH families.  Families with children who have hearing and/or speech differences are encouraged to enroll.  Fee for class.
PARENT-N-PARENT (PNP) NETWORKING PROGRAM links parents to other parents and families who have “been there” and have agreed to share their stories, experiences, expertise and advice.  PNP connections strive to motivate and empower families to best support their young deaf and hard of hearing children.Led by a facilitator, parents network with other parents; guest presenters will join PNP meetings on occasion.  During PNP meetings, volunteers will play/socialize with the children.  Annual Hand-N-Hand registration required.

Cancellations
In the event Hand- N-Hand is closed because of inclement weather, the closing will be announced via email notifications as well as postings to the Hand-N-Hand Facebook page and website.  When Green Bay Public Schools close, Hand-N-Hand classes/events will be cancelled. When Green Bay Public Schools delay classes, all morning Hand-N-Hand classes are cancelled. When Green Bay Public Schools dismiss early, all evening Hand-N-Hand classes are cancelled. Unfortunately, individual classes cancelled because of inclement weather cannot be rescheduled and refunds cannot be made.
When inclement weather occurs, decisions about delayed openings or closings are made with many factors in mind, most notably the condition of the roads, condition of school lots and walkways, and temperature/wind chill.  Parents and guardians use the news as a guide, but you are the final decision-makers for your children.  Above all, be safe!

OUTREACH 2017

COMMUNITY OUTINGS

Excursions in the community, socialize with families who have children with similar needs. 

Contact Jenny to confirm you will attend the outing.  Fees required for some events.  If you are requesting an interpreter for any of the summer outings, please contact Jenny two weeks prior to the scheduled event.  For more information, please contact Jenny Geiken at (920) 737-0477 or jlgeiken@hnhnew.org.  


SCHOLARSHIPS

Hand-N-Hand of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc. is committed to making the Annual Statewide Family Conference for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and deaf with additional disabilities an experience accessible to ALL families from Northeast WI. Hand-N-Hand proudly offers a limited number of partial Scholarships to assist with the Conference Registration Fee.  For more information, please contact Jenny Geiken at (920) 737-0477 or jlgeiken@hnhnew.org.  

LENDING LIBRARY

Our library is located onsite and is stocked with sign language books & dictionaries, computer programs, videos & DVDs, assessment tools & reference materials.

PRESENTATIONS

Educating and promoting the importance of early intervention and education for young deaf and hard of hearing children.  For more information or to schedule a training/presentation, please contact Jenny Geiken at (920) 737-0477 or jlgeiken@hnhnew.org.  

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