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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]

Ever Thought YOU were a Bad Mother? Think Again.

Ever Thought YOU were a Bad Mother? Think Again.

How long is your To do list today? Let’s see, I need to go to the store, call the Dr., start the laundry, do the dishes, etc. etc. The list goes on and on doesn’t it?   As Mothers, we have a full time job. Many of us work and have our full time job as mothers! And it seems if we don’t perform at top notch in any of these jobs, there must be something wrong with us. Sometimes it’s really ...[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]

A Deaf Sense: a Sense of Belonging

A Deaf Sense: a Sense of Belonging

Last week I introduced the idea of Maslow’s Hierarchy and focused on the need to create a sense of belonging. It is important to create that sense of belonging in the family. Today we’ll look at outside the family to foster a sense of belonging in the youth around us. Both deaf children and hearing children that are connected to the world of deafness in some way need to develop this “Deaf Sense.” ...[Read More]

It’s Deaf History Month… Why Should I Care?

It’s Deaf History Month… Why Should I Care?

It’s Deaf History Month! As a parent of Deaf children…. Why should I care? What is the value of Deaf History for deaf youth? Huge. It’s so huge, I had to divide this post into TWO! Watch for Part 2 coming next week! Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs To start off, let’s go back to something you should have learned in Psychology or a child development class. It’s called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It loo ...[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]

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]