Odin’s incision has healed beautifully from his cochlear implant revision surgery, and we are trekking forward in our listening and spoken language journey with bilateral CIs! His post op appointment with Dr. Tirino went great, and she cleared him for activation (turning the implant on) and water fun! Before I get into how our activation … More Odin’s Cochlear Implant Activation Day…round 3!
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! I mentioned before in my Fostering Literacy Skills: Labeling! post that I was creating a list of literacy tips and resources for a Georgia Hands & Voices. Well here it is! If you’ve read my blog before, you may have noticed I’m a lister haha! (See these posts if you need proof! ASL … More DHH Literacy Tips and Resources
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for all your comments, texts, messages, thoughts, and your support and love! ❤️🤟🥰❤️ Odin’s cochlear implant revision surgery was a success, and although we still have to make it through recovery, we are incredibly relieved to be on the other side of surgery! Given all the worry, stress and … More Cochlear Implant Revision Surgery: Explantation and Reimplantation
I am ready to share some news about Odin’s cochlear implants. Earlier this year, his CI company (Advanced Bionics) had a recall (“Voluntary Field Corrective Action”) on some of their cochlear implants, and to our dismay, both of Odin’s CI’s are part of it. I’m talking about the internal part that has to be surgically … More Cochlear implant surgery…again
I’ve been working on a GA Hands & Voices presentation/Facebook chat: Building Better Readers, which is aimed at fostering pre-literacy and literacy skills for children with hearing loss. I want to share one of the activities I’m discussing with families in the presentation right here with you! To be honest, this is something I’ve been … More Fostering Literacy Skills: Labeling!
Last year, I joined the Georgia Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program and became a Parent Guide! I’ve gotten loads of questions about Georgia Hands & Voices and my new role, so I decided to write up a post to share with you about who we are and what we do! What is … More What is Georgia Hands & Voices?
🔥Georgia Hands & Voices is proud to announce the release of our Fire Safety Video, geared toward our Deaf and Hard of Hearing children! We partnered with the Cherokee Fire Department to provide GA families of children with hearing loss with an educational fire safety video, complete with captioning, an ASL interpreter, and a full transcript! 👩🚒As … More GA Hands & Voices: Fire Safety Video for the DHH
Hello everyone!! It’s been a busy few months, so I’m a bit behind on my blog posts (sorry!!). Don’t worry! I have more coming! We have recently been through the transition process out of early intervention and into the school system, so I want to share about that as well as resources to help parents … More Reflections from Hands & Voices Leadership Conference: D.C. 2019
This year, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Hands & Voices Leadership Conference with our state chapter, Georgia Hands & Voices. As a nonprofit parent-driven organization, we offer parent-to-parent support and resources to families who have children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Every year, H&V holds their Leadership Conference to … More Washington, D.C. Trip 2019
Screen Time has become a bit of a trigger word and a source of judgement in the parenting world. I’m not here to judge. I have definitely learned that there’s no room (or need) for judgment in parenting. Life is hard enough, and we’re all doing the best we can! I’m here to be honest – … More How to turn screen time into a language-rich activity: Toy Story
I think one challenging aspect of having a child with hearing loss is that it’s difficult to wrap our heads around just how intentional we have to become to provide our kiddos with language. Whether you’re signing or using spoken language, deaf and hard of hearing children don’t get incidental language like their hearing peers. … More Language activities using play foods!
We’re back for some more “room” full of language! We’ve already discussed the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. This time we’re moving beyond the house itself to outside on the porch! This isn’t exactly a “room” per se, but this is still an area of the home where we are surrounded by language! Since … More Room Full of Language: Porch/Outside
Happy Thursday! I hope you are enjoying my Room Full of Language Series and finding yourself even more aware of your surroundings and all the language available to you and your kiddo! So far, we have gone over my vocabulary lists for the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, and today I’m sharing my list for the … More Room Full of Language: Living Room
Hey there! We are back again to learn a bunch of sign language and English vocabulary for another room in our Room Full of Language Series! I hope you find these helpful and are learning lots! So far, we’ve gone over lists for the kitchen and the bathroom, and today I am sharing our list … More Room Full of Language: Bedroom
Hi there! Welcome back for the second installment of my Room Full of Language Series! There is language all around us! My goal with these posts is to help you learn to notice and use your environment to provide language to your kiddo – no matter where you are! I’m also trying to cut out … More Room Full of Language: Bathroom