How a Deaf Mentor Helped Our Family

We brought our boys home from Russia when they were 15 months old. When they were 22 months old, Mark was diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss. He was fitted with hearing aids a month later. Mark is now a teenager. I remember feeling completely overwhelmed. We had so many questions; will Mark learn to speak? Will he use...

200 Years of Deaf Education in America

Our 200 years of deaf education in the United States owe their existence to two men who traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to bring education to the deaf children of Hartford, Connecticut. As a result of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s and Laurent Clerc’s heroic efforts and their tireless work towards establishing the American School for the Deaf, the first permanent school...

Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing¬†is a free, web-based resource developed as a collaborative effort between the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children’s Hospital. It is based on the Building Blocks of Intervention webinar series created by...

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...

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....

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