Behavior is a tricky, touchy subject. Every family parents differently and has different experiences, expectations, and emotions regarding how best to help children learn to behave within the norms of their family and culture. Usually, parents are the primary disciplinarians, the ones setting the standards for their children and dealing with the tantrums, disagreements, and power struggles that are a normal part of growing up. But when a child’s behavior needs spill over into a therapy session, how can professionals and parents partner for success?
Do you remember choosing teams in middle school gym class or for games of pickup basketball on the playground? With my short height, lack of coordination, and two left feet, I’ll admit, I was usually chosen last! Fortunately, as an adult, I’ve had the privilege to be chosen for a very different kind of team: the team that parents and families choose to help them achieve their goals for their child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
I think that care and compassion motivate most people to enter helping fields like audiology, speech-language pathology, and deaf education. We want to make a difference, and we are on a mission to save the world! But is that always a good thing? Continue reading →
The presenters, faculty members from the AIM TO BE AHEAD listening and spoken language graduate certificate program at Illinois State University, shared their five-step checklist that helps students improve their parent coaching skills. Continue reading →
A panel of parents of children with hearing loss who listen and talk shared their experiences, tips, and wisdom. They had so many great quotes and insights, I’m just going to list them below. Their comments say far more than I ever could! Continue reading →
There are many different definitions for the word “deaf” — the medical definition, the cultural definition, the audiological definition. But I’d like to propose another one. A reDEAFinition, if you will…