Lynell Smith

The Fast Food Rule: Communication With a Toddler.

The Fast Food Rule: Communication With a Toddler.

Communication with a Toddler is a challenge! As a Mom, it gets really old when your toddler, or child of any other age, comes at you hysterical over something simple and wants you to say YES to whatever it is they want. When we say, “No,” not only are we me t with more cries and fits, but we start to get frustrated as well. This little technique is a great way to connect and have clear communicati ...[Read More]

Effective Instructional Strategies for Deaf Students (and really all students)

Effective Instructional Strategies for Deaf Students (and really all students)

In the journey or raising a deaf child, educational placement is always a challenge and an ongoing question. Recently I shared an older post about the time I removed my child from a residential school for the Deaf and had him at home. He later went back to school in a mainstream public school program. Now he is back at the school for the deaf with a different teacher. Educational placement is an o ...[Read More]

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

Have you seen this face before? Maybe on your son? daughter? spouse? student? This is the look of someone who just doesn’t get what is going on. Without a qualified interpreter, this is what happens to deaf individuals.   After my last post, I realized I had shared an experience where I did NOT succeed in getting an interpreter. Getting an interpreter for a youth class or sports team is ...[Read More]

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Tonight I walked out on a wonderful opportunity to have my deaf son involved in a top of the art Karate Program. The reason? I was not allowed to interpret during  instructions on how to live with a “black belt attitude.” I wasn’t even asking them to provide an interpreter. I was willing to do that, but no… Now, they were willing to compromise with me. The master said I could interpret ...[Read More]

Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Every teacher wants their students to have a higher self-esteem and more motivation, right? You know those first 5 minutes of the day when kids are chatting away and won’t get in their seats? Or the 5 minutes right after lunch when they just don’t want to settle down and start to work? Or the first 5 minutes after passing period? Why not take that 5 minutes to share a snippet of Deaf Culture or Hi ...[Read More]

Remember THIS Important Gift!

Remember THIS Important Gift!

 It is the season of giving and you are busy running around with that gift list, trying to beat the clock and get everything done before the special day. You have an idea of what he wants because he’s always playing with that toy, or playing that video game, or watching that movie. He’s going to love the gifts. And you’ve got enough of them! And yet, something tugs at your heart as you know ...[Read More]

25 Things to DO with Water Beads

25 Things to DO with Water Beads

By now you have probably seen the cool water beads that you can play with somewhere: preschool, a daycare or summer day camp, etc. You can read our first post about them and our other sensory bin ideas here. If you have seen these awesome silky beads, you’ve probably seen the fabulous look on the kids’ faces as their eyes light up when they stick their hands in the beads. I just took o ...[Read More]

What is the Best Educational Placement for a Deaf Child? Our Story

What is the Best Educational Placement for a Deaf Child? Our Story

Ok… time to spill my guts. I asked an important question today: what is the best educational placement for my child? For those of you with children who have IEPs, you will know what I mean. Many of you other parents have children who may not “fit in” in the regular public education classroom. They are active kids who are kinesthetic learners; they are bright, dyslexic, just delayed, day dreamers . ...[Read More]

You are More than You Think You Are

You are More than You Think You Are

A picture tells a thousand words. Nature certainly had a message for me with this one. Can you see what this picture is? It’s a tree, right? But, what kind of tree is that? I call it “Nature’s Art” because that’s just what it is. Sand, water, and the pull of the tide worked together to make this beautiful picture. Yes, I found this amazing ‘tree’ on the beach one morning. Isn’t it amazing? I had t ...[Read More]

One Week Since the Election

Hands that dared to Sign

It’s been just one week since the election. In this one week fear, unrest and outright rebellion have swept through our nation. Yes, our new President has not been very supportive of minority groups in our country. He has, in fact, been outright offensive to those with special needs and minority culture groups. It’s disappointing and alarming. I hope he learns quickly that is not an effective way ...[Read More]