Installment 2: #SelfAdvocacySunday

  Last week we posted about #SelfAdvocacy skills for preschool and early elementary school children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  This week, it is much of the same, but with more complexity.    Remember, The first step in #SelfAdvocacy is Self-Awareness; being...

Part 1: #SelfAdvocacySunday

Today starts #SelfAdvocacySunday.  Each week we will bring you another installation about increasing your child or student’s self-advocacy skills because YOU, the parent, are the best resource to teach these skills. What is self-advocacy?     Much of what people with...

Bully to Bullying-Part 2

Part 2: So what can we do to help our children? If you suspect bullying is happening at school, first talk to your child. Ask them about the experience and what is happening. Find out if they have reported the behavior to anyone at school and, if so, what their...

Bully to Bullying-Part 1

What is bullying? Girl getting bullied in high school hallway An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity— to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in...

How Language is like Frosting Cookies

Sieve full of powdered sugar. If anyone has heard Mary or I present, or been at one of our home visits, or talked to us at a childcare conference…heck, if you’ve talked to us at all, you know that we always are talking about how hearing loss impacts the...

Back to School Tips: 2018-19 Edition

Time flies when you are having fun, right?!  Now it’s time to get down to business–SCHOOL TIME! 1. Meet your child’s teachers!  Make sure your child knows how to get to her classroom(s) and can read/write/sign/say her teacher(s) name.  Complete the...