CI Circle Parent Blogs - www.cicircle.org. Erin Toes and Her Cochlear Implant JourneyErin's deafness was discovered soon after birth.
She received her first cochlear implant at 14 months of age and her second about a year later. Her deafness is caused by connexin-26, a recessive gene that is a very common cause of hearing loss. Sophia did not pass her newborn hearing screen. She got bilateral cochlear implants when she was 8 months old. For The Love of AvaAva got bilateral cochlear implants at 9 months of age in the spring of 2009. Gavin Hears a Who! Life is BlissAbout Lily, who got bilateral CIs at 10 months of age in summer '08.
Kinnick Kay and Carver LeeKinnick and Carver are preemies -- 23-weekers -- who have multiple challenges including vision loss. Beautiful Brinley Brinley was born in late 2008. Ben's Journey To HearBen was born in January of 2009 and his hearing loss was discovered right away. Meet CalCalan gets a cochlear implant around his first birthday in August 2009. Can you HEAR me? Live*Laugh*Love*Family. Ben's journey into a hearing world. Learning to listen sounds. ... for all of Aiden's upcoming appointments!
It was a nice two weeks off, but we're home and back into the swing of things. Aiden has really done a lot the past couple of weeks! I cannot believe how fast he is growing and changing! I have to say too, his hearing aids have become such a daily routine ... almost like changing his diaper, they go in when he gets up and come out when he lays down. The buzzing can drive me crazy, but I've become good friends with Otoferm! This is what we've been working on the past few weeks: The Listening Box - this is a box that we put all kinds of objects in for Aiden's learning to listen sounds, like different animals, an airplane, a car, etc. This is how our at home therapy typically works: "Aiden, listen. " "Airplane. " "aaaaaahhhhhh, aaaahhhhh, aaaaahhhhh" (make sound of object) "Airplane. " "aaaaahhhhh, aaaaahhhh, aaaahhhh" (create sound with object moving around) Then I give the object to Aiden to check out, which, of course, goes right in his mouth .
Talk and Play, Everyday!: Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You LISTENING? From time to time, I’d like to post some of my lesson plans for listening and spoken language activities.
For those of you with D/HH children, I’d love for you to try them out and give me your feedback on how they work. For those of you who are new to AVT/Oral Deaf Education, I hope that these activities will help to give you a better understanding of what this approach is all about! (NOTE: I am a student, not yet a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist/ Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist©. These ideas are not a substitute for professional services.) Hanukkah and Christmas are almost here and I am practically bursting with excitement! Paula Rosenthal of HearingExchange has a fantastic “Paula’s Pearls” column titled “5 Tips to Help Your Child with Hearing Loss Enjoy the Holidays” — a must read.As always, any holiday or special event just screams for an EXPERIENCE BOOK!
Happy Holidays and Happy Hearing, everyone!