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- 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, August 30, 2012
Kindergarten Open House
We went to visit Nolan's classroom this evening. His classroom is very colorful, with lots of centers. It is a great contrast to Matt's Kindergarten classroom, which was very sterile in many respects (and had few centers).
Nolan's teacher plays the piano and has one in her classroom. I really love the inclusion of music and center time into the kindergarten day. I didn't get a lot of pictures of his classroom, because I was talking to his Teacher of the Deaf. She had his new FM system set up and waiting.
I will have to return the county-provided FM system, which is sort of a bummer. On the other hand, the school district is allowing me to take his FM system home, so I consider this a big WIN.
We can still use it at home, and I will set it up each morning and take him to school with it on, just as I did last year. This worked well for us last year, so we'll keep doing it again this year.
I did tell his TOD that his reporting skills were hit-or-miss. If both hearing aid batteries die, he will always say something. Since he is functionally deaf without hearing aids, two dead batteries really impact him. If one battery dies, however, he won't say anything. As long as he can hear something, he figures he's still good to go. If the FM isn't working, he'll often insist that it is - until you fix it and turn it on, when he'll declare, "I can hear you now!"
Fortunately, he has hearing aids so his occasional failure to report malfunctioning equipment can be checked - we can listen through his hearing aid/FM combination to be sure it is set correctly.
School starts on September 5 - we're all excited for a great year!