Articles I Have Written
- The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss
- Sleep Studies for Kids
- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Thursday, October 8, 2009
About two weeks ago, I submitted our application to the John Tracy Clinic International Summer Session. Last night, I received the email stating Nolan has been accepted for the July 11-30 session in Los Angeles, California.
The John Tracy Clinic has been a tremendous source of support, encouragement, and education for our family- from the early days when we were struggling to know what Nolan's level of hearing loss "meant" to these beginning preschool years, when we are struggling with discipline, learning special education laws, and other things that come with having a hard of hearing two year old.
For those who are not aware of the John Tracy Clinic, it provides free resources for the parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. They have a correspondence course for babies, and another for preschoolers. If you have a baby or young child recently diagnosed with hearing loss, I highly recommend their program.
The summer session includes audiology services, various language assessment tests, a preschool program for the children, and classes on everything from speech development to ear anatomy for the parents. Marielle, Logan, Tayten, and Miss Kat have been through the John Tracy Summer Course, and have excellent write-ups about the experience.
We will be staying in the on-campus apartments at USC, and will walk to and from John Tracy. Since we have family in Southern California, the grandparents have quite nicely decided to take care of Matthew while Nolan and I are at school. Matt is in for the time of his life, with trips to Disneyland, the Sequoias, and other trips in the planning stage. Nolan and I won't be left out of the fun, as a trip to San Diego and a few other mini-trips are in the planning stages for the weekends.
I am also thrilled that Lucas and Noah will be attending the same summer session program. I can't wait for July to come so that we can hop on that plane and start our learning adventure!