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Hello there! I overlooked this board and I've been active JM member since 2006!
I just want to say you all are brave mommies on this board trying everything for your children!
I am culturally Deaf and used to have cochlear implant at age 11 and stopped using it at 18 due to several reasons. I grew up mainstreamed and had YEARS of INTENSE speech therapy. I can lipread but I use ASL as my native language. I'm an active member in the Deaf Community. I am a student at Gallaudet University majoring in American Sign language as my 2nd BA and will finish up my grad school at McDaniel College getting my Deaf Education degree so I can teach ASL to deaf/hearing children/people/anyone who wants to learn ASL.
I have tons of experience in speech therapy. It helps a lot people but when it comes to deaf, it's a lot harder but practice makes perfect. For me, it was really hard and my mother kept me going til 18 and I stopped. I have accepted myself a deaf person not hearing impaired.
Thanks for swinging by the board, hon! And, as a mom to a deaf baby, I want to say thank you for all the hard work you are doing to become a deaf educator. It is perhaps a less known and appreciated field on the whole, but you enrich so many lives - both of those who are deaf and those who are hearing and want to learn to a new language and open so many doors into the deaf community! I'm sorry about your difficult journey through CI and speech therapy.
Hi and welcome to the board. I'm Cheryl, a speech-language pathologist. I took a sign language class when I was in college and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've forgotten alot of the signs though because I have no one to sign to here. I used to attend a ASL club where I went to college but they signed so fast I couldn't keep up!
~Thank you GraysMama for my beautiful siggy~