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Comprehensive Educational Resource Center

Comprehensive Educational Resource Center

 

The Comprehensive Educational Resource Center (CERC) provides supports to deaf and hard of hearing students both at our Tennessee Schools for the Deaf and through outreach to the Local Education Agents (LEA) serving students across the state. 

 

At our campus, CERC has a variety of services to meet the social emotional needs of students as well as the audiological needs. School counselors work with students proactively by providing training in mindfulness and positive behavior supports, while also addressing bullying, personal safety and wellness issues. We have a social worker available to help students and their families access additional services they may need. Our behavior specialist addresses the needs of the student who is experiencing challenges and may need additional supports to be successful in the classroom. Our school counseling team has been actively involved in training the teaching and student life staff in crisis management so all students and staff are safe.

 

Our audiologists provide ongoing support to address the hearing concerns of the students with state of the art equipment. They are able to troubleshoot and map cochlear implants. They also troubleshoot and fix, if able, hearing aids and work with insurance companies to minimize the amount of time students are without their aids.  

 

CERC has an assessment team led by the school psychologist with 40 years of experience working with deaf and hard of hearing students. He works with our audiologists and social worker, and others as needed, to evaluate students. This benefits teachers as they address the unique learning needs of our students. 

 

CERC has an outreach team that meets the needs of students across the state. The team provides resources, observations and recommendations for students served by Tennessee Early Intervention Services (TEIS) for the birth to five population as well as  students up through age 22 served by LEA's across the state. The services are always free. Our birth to five consultants are available to to provide support to families of deaf and hard of hearing babies and young children as well as the agencies who serve these children.  CERC currently has three consultants, one each in east, middle and west Tennessee. CERC also has a parent outreach coordinator who works with families across the state, both those parents who have children at one of the TSD schools and also parents served by LEA's. He works with support groups already in place across the state and as well as looking for areas that are underserved. CERC has two LEA outreach consultants who travel to school systems upon request to observe, consult, provide ongoing support and make recommendations.

 

For additional information please contact the Director of CERC, Judi Brookshire, j.brookshire@tsdeaf.org or any of the CERC staff listed in the directory.