Posted on May 16, 2010 by DebCNY
As a mother, I think feeling guilty often comes with the territory. When dealing with discovering your child has a hearing loss – and you didn’t even know it for some time – these feelings can often surge up to al all time high. At least they did for me back in 2001, when we realized AC had a hearing loss.
As I mention on the “background page“, AC was probably born with mild/mod hearing loss, but, we didn’t know it until he was 4 years old. Once we were LOOKING for it, there were signs everywhere… but, up until that point, we really had NO clue.
This is an email I found that I had written to a friend back then… I thought Continue reading
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Posted on December 31, 2008 by DebCNY
Happy New Year everyone!
I mentioned before I’m taking an ASL class. I’ve learned a little so far, but mostly learned that I have a LOT more to learn!! It’s a bit intimidating. But…. I took 3 years of French back in High School and never really could speak French very well – so, I don’t know why I should think ASL will be any easier. I am enjoying the class…. and hope to continue on with it. It is fun.
So – Happy New Year everyone!
And, now… for your viewing and learning enjoyment…
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Posted on December 16, 2008 by DebCNY
I received the newest WrightsLaw Newsletter – and wanted to share the below article since I hear so many parents fighting with schools about wether their child qualifies for services or not. Too often schools think that unless a child with hearing loss is failing and doing really poorly – they don’t qualify for services. This is NOT the law. Read on…
Does Your Child Meet the Legal Definition of “Child with a Disability”
The special ed law and regulations do not mention grades as a criteria for referring a child for a special education evaluation or finding a child eligible for special education services.
A child with a disability is not automatically eligible for special education and related services under IDEA. The key phrase is “who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.”
Does your child’s disability adversely affect educational performance?
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Posted on November 25, 2008 by DebCNY
The big brain on my son, that is… (my side ;) ).
I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way… but, I am pretty psyched and wanted to share. We just got AC’s first report card from middle school today. He got strait A+’s!! . =) We’re so proud of him!!
I thought he was doing well… but, I wasn’t sure just how well.. and half expected to have at least one class or teacher that he might be having some problems with. So, when he called me today (obviously pretty pleased, himself) and he told me he made high honor roll – well, can you say “ecstatic?”. =) This was just wonderful news. =) A relief even. Like, “Whew! Maybe middle school won’t be so bad.” sorta feeling…
Filed under: 504 Plan, educational needs, FM, hearing aids, middle school, placement | Tagged: 504 Plan, child hearing loss, FM system, Hard of Hearing, hearing loss, mainstreaming, mild hearing loss, Moderate Hearing Loss, placement | 6 Comments »
Posted on November 13, 2008 by DebCNY
I want to share another thing I learned that blew me away in our “year of discovery” (when AC was in 3rd grade). Apparently, a lot of kids that are HOH get misdiagnosed as having ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder. AC was almost one of them. That was how we figured out he needed the FM and all – because his teacher started saying all these little negative “behavioral” things were happening. Things like many of the ones noted on this list from phonic ear. Check out the chart:
- Similarities Between Mild Hearing Loss & Attention Deficit Disorder
Maybe, this information is old news now… but, when I first heard this I had a HUGE “light-bulb moment”. I wish I had known this information BEFORE that point. So, maybe this will help someone else out there who’s just starting off with a child diagnosed with mild hearing loss.
At the time I discovered this (thru my OWN research) we were in the process of weeks of jumping through hoops.
Filed under: ADD, Behavioral, child hearing loss, educational needs, hearing loss, third grade | Tagged: ADD, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Disability, Hearing Impaired, hearing loss, mainstreaming, mild hearing loss | 18 Comments »