communication

From Bystander to Believer: My journey as a Hearing Mother

From Bystander to Believer: My journey as a Hearing Mother

I am a hearing wife of a Deaf man and a hearing mother of 4 children, three of whom are Deaf. I was born in a hearing family with all hearing siblings. Although I learned a bit of sign language, and even performed a song in sign at my 8th grade graduation, I had never met a deaf person. When I was fourteen, my sister, who was just two years older then I, was losing her hearing. She saw an audiolog ...[Read More]

Butterflies and Deaf individuals… what do they have in common?

Butterflies and Deaf individuals… what do they have in common?

Did you know… Although scientists have found ears on some Butterfly species, most butterflies rely primarily on vision and smell to communicate? That’s right. I think that’s pretty cool! Here’s why! Butterfly Communication: Butterflies use their vision, the beautiful patterns on their wings and UV rays to send and receive messages. They have this cool deal worked out so that when they ...[Read More]

Four ‘Hero Moms’ of Deaf Children

Four ‘Hero Moms’ of Deaf Children

  Hero Moms  Do you remember that day when you first found out your child was deaf? I still remember the look in the audiologist’s eyes, the tone of his voice, the feeling of sympathy and sadness, “It’s a severe to profound hearing loss,” he said. The journey that followed was filled with visits to the medical professionals, early interventionists; an information overl ...[Read More]

What do you do with a Power Struggle? Offer Choices!

What do you do with a Power Struggle? Offer Choices!

As Parents we ALL have times when we want our kids to do something that they don’t want to do. This happens because our kids are developing their ability to make choices and control the world around them. This is healthy and it’s something we want to encourage. What do you do with a Power Struggle? So, what then do we do when our kids want something and we want them to do something else? Part of t ...[Read More]

Tired of Spelling? Try some of these tips!

Tired of Spelling? Try some of these tips!

Spelling is NOT usually FUN!   It’s not often that your child says, “My favorite subject is… Spelling!” More than likely, it’s not a favorite at all. More often, no one likes to do it. Many classrooms have stopped focusing on spelling and instead focus more on the whole language approach. I, personally, like a balanced approach where spelling is taught, but differently than the traditional ap ...[Read More]

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]

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]

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]

Beware of the “Parent Trap!”

Beware of the “Parent Trap!”

We all fall into what I call, ‘The Parent Trap.’ It sounds like this: “Because I’m the Mom!”  “Do it because I said so!”  “Don’t argue; just do it!”  We’ve all been there, right? We’ve all been ones to say these phrases. Well, not just say them, shout them from the top of our lungs. Usually the argument prior to any of these phrases has been intense, Mom is at her wits end, and the aut ...[Read More]