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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]

Lessons for Change From the Deaf President Now Protest

Lessons for Change From the Deaf President Now Protest

Have you ever wanted to make a change? Maybe you would like to improve your child’s school? Change something in the community or even the government? This month we remember one group who made a huge difference at Gallaudet. They also changed the Deaf community as a whole, forever. The Deaf President Now (DPN) protest was a huge success. It is taught in every beginning ASL course and any clas ...[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]

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]