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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]

My Deaf Boy is Just Like Your Hearing Boy

My Deaf Boy is Just Like Your Hearing Boy

My son loves sports, all of them. He dives into whatever sport is offered each season with a determination and talent that is noticed and praised. Following one of the games, I learned that my son’s coach and the basketball ref weren’t calling a ‘double dribble’ on my son during the game when they maybe should have. After explaining exactly what it was that he was doing, guiding the ball with a qu ...[Read More]

The Problem with ‘Good Job!’

The Problem with ‘Good Job!’

Are you using the phrase “Good job!” as your main way to praise your children and students? That is a problem. “Good job!” “That picture looks good!” “Looking good sweetie!” “You are a good brother!” “You are a good boy!” Sounds ‘good,’ right? I thought so too… until the day when I told my son, “Remember – you are a good student! You are a good friend!” just before sending him off to s ...[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]

Do you REALLY believe your Deaf child/student can succeed?

Do you REALLY believe your Deaf child/student can succeed?

 Raising Deaf Children with Dreams, Success, and Confidence. It’s not easy. In fact, in our society today it can be downright difficult! However, the key, believe it or not, is YOUR belief in him. If you don’t believe your child can succeed, how can you instill that belief in him and help him actually do it? I was faced with this as a young parent. Although I knew that deaf people do s ...[Read More]