How I found the answer to ‘What caused my son’s hearing loss?’

We were shocked. Ayden was the first child to have hearing loss in our family. Nobody we knew was deaf or hard-of-hearing. My pregnancy was healthy and normal. My delivery was great. Ayden was full term and was a healthy growing baby boy. How could this happen? And how could we answer this question? What caused the hearing loss? …

Acoustics and Socialization

In 1990, Mark Ross PhD, edited Hearing Impaired Children in the Mainstream, an expanded version of a conference on “Mainstreaming Revisited”. The conference was attended by educators from all across the country who are concerned with the education of children with hearing loss. In his preface, he refers to the accounts given by former students and issues this call to...

Preventing Learned Helplessness

“Deaf and hard of hearing students are entitled to and can become independent, self-sufficient adults.” (The National Deaf Education Agenda, Goal 3.4) Achieving this seemingly simple goal can be more difficult to accomplish than it may first appear. Deaf and hard of hearing (d/hh) students often encounter barriers that hinder true independence, easily leading to a state of learned helplessness....

Increasing Literacy Skills with Your Deaf Infant

Communicating with your child is the foundation of reading. It is never too early to communicate with your child, especially if they are deaf or hard of hearing. Very young infants may not be able to use words, but they can communicate. Babies communicate when they cry, babble, kick, wiggle, and smile. Wait for your child to pay attention to...

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