In the blink of an eye, summer is over. No more late mornings, long nights, dips in the lake, eating whatever you want whenever you want. It is back to routine, early mornings and early nights, long sleeves and strict eating.
School is back in session. I love getting new school supplies-organizing my pens and markers, labeling new folders, creating new hopes for the year. Transitions back to school, however, can be hard for a child with hearing loss. There are so many unknown routines and vocabulary. Things happen fast the first few weeks of school and teachers often forget our young students have a hard time keeping up.
It is our job as parents and Deaf/HH teachers to help our children learn how to advocate for themselves. Teach them it is OK and GOOD to ask the teacher to slow down,repeat, use the FM or turn to look at them. It is their RIGHT to have equal access to education.
My hope is by now, your child's deaf/hh teacher has contacted you and you have had some kind of communication about your expectations and hopes for the year. If not, I encourage you to reach out. It is best to get the year off to a good start.
How has your child's year gone?What are two amazing things and what are two things you would like some help improving? I hope it is a great year!
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.