Chronic Loneliness Series

Tuesdays, July 14, 21 and 28 | 6.30 – 7.30 p.m.

Free! Register here. Participants will receive the link and password after they have registered.

When you register, you will be able to attend all three Zooms with the same link and password. No need to register three times.

Can’t attend all three sessions? Contact chiser@iowaschoolforthedeaf for the recorded presentation (in English and also American Sign Language).

Know a teen who seems lonely or left out among hearing peers? Now, more than ever, we need to understand chronic loneliness and the health implications this can have on youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Children and adolescents with hearing loss experience lower rates of peer acceptance and higher rates of peer victimization, social isolation and loneliness compared to their hearing peers. A three-session Zoom series will cover this topic, one hour at a time, for three consecutive Tuesdays in July.

Priority audience for the series is Iowa parents and those who work in Iowa’s educational setting with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Content of this series addresses specific needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing pre-teens and teens, including:
• identifying isolation and loneliness
• understanding how loneliness connects to mental health
• preventing and intervening to facilitate change

Presenter: Susan Rolinger, Director of Extended Learning at Iowa Education for Deaf & Blind

Susan shares professional and real-life experience in this series. She has perspective from her mental health counseling practice as well as being a mother to three daughters, one of whom is deaf. Susan facilitates workshops, offers trainings and presents programs nationally, focusing on the needs of families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.