Thursday, October 8, 2009

July 2010


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!

10 comments:

Lucas'Mommy said...

We can't wait to meet you guys! So excited!

Bright Family said...

That is awesome!

I received an email from a Mom in Western Montana yesterday and she was accepted as well (July session too!). We applied for 2010, but since we've already been there, we probably won't have the opportunity to go back...

I am thrilled for you all! It is AMAZING!!! You are all going to love Kathleen when you meet her in person...and all the others too...

Yeah!

leah said...

I had forgotten that Tayten attended in 2008! You never know- sometimes they have room left over, maybe Tayten will get to go again!

I added your write-up about JTC in my post.

Jennifer, I can't wait to go. The Science Center in Exposition Park looks like it is within walking distance- FUN!!

Christian and Lily's Mommy said...

Yeah! I am so glad that you'll have the opportunity!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Wow! That's exciting!

Kimmy K said...

Do you know about how much it costs to stay at the school apartments? I would love to take my boy, but $$$ is always an issue. :(

leah said...

Kimmy, the cost was $31 per night last year, with a one-time laundry service fee of $5. There is a small increase for this year, but we're not sure what the fee will be. It isn't supposed to be a big increase, though.

Carmen said...

We were there too in 2008 and it was amazing!! It was a life changing experience adn it has helped us so much!!! I recomend it to everyone! You will see how each and every person working there is so nice...out of the ordinary! Congratulations!!

rouchi said...

Do let us know all about it.Would love to know about it , grt opportunity.

Megan said...

Can't wait to see how it goes. Wish we could do something like that, for Luca, but Annie is too little to leave. Maybe in the next couple of years we can attend.