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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nothing left to say...

I so rarely blog anymore because I feel as though I have nothing left to say. Miss Kat is perfectly typical. She goes to school, she has friends, she loves Girl Scouts, she helped babysit today at church, she wants to know why more people didn't join the book club at school...Her hearing loss rarely comes up in more than a routine way.

"Did you switch your batteries?"
"Remember to synch your FM"
"If it is too noisy at the carnival, I'll ask them to speak up"
"I'll go see if they will turn on the captions for me"

Things like that.

School is going beautifully, Miss Kat is doing well. She really liked Health last semester, but also like Drama. I think she will love Family and Consumer Sciences! Social Studies has been the hardest class for her, there is a ton of vocabulary to remember, but she is beginning to bloom as a writer.

I did not see this as our life 10 years ago when we found out about her hearing loss, and I certainly couldn't imagine it 7 years ago when she got her first CI. Amazing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Learning Language

I remember sitting and watching one of Miss Kat's speech sessions just after her implant. She was working on discriminating between two fairly different sounding words. Then the therapist read a story that targeted one of the words. I saw that while she was gaining vocabulary, the therapist was having to teach one word at a time. In that moment, I was struck with the pure impossibility of teaching a child every word in the English language individually. It was an task that surely no one could do. There just simply wasn't enough time.

I was absolutely right, but I was also wrong. It is impossible to individually teach every word through therapy. But, I was missed was that because of her CIs, Miss Kat would NOT need to learn them that way. She would eventually be able to pick up language through context, brief explanations, conversation and reading. When these skills fell into place, her language exploded.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Update from the Mainstream

Miss Kat has officially been in her neighborhood school with supports for a full quarter. She is doing AMAZING! She has friends, she enjoys school, and her academics skills are really rising. Right now she has all A's except for one B (in Comm. Arts). We also heard from her reading teacher and they did her first Lexcile test. The mid-range for a 6th grader in the middle of the year is 800. Miss Kat is already at 879! While this transition has been a lot of work, and we were very worried, she is showing us what a star she is!!

Friday, September 4, 2015

5 years bilateral

This week was Miss Kat's 5 year anniversary of being bilateral. We had some brownies and retold the story of her second activation. I asked her what it sounded like when she was only wearing one ear, if they sounded any different? (She did have 18 months between them.) She described only that it was like the sound was being "sucked out" of that side of her head. I thought that was a very interesting description. Her ears have similar word discrimination scores and she really doesn't have a preference if one dies, so neither is really "stronger". I was just curious if she could hear a quality difference. Guess not.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Spontaneous Language at Summer School

Miss Kat is away for vacation right now, but I got her ESY end of term report in the mail today. It had a list of some spontaneous language that I just had to share.

"She was searching my ancestors." (During a class lesson of family history.)

"I want to talk about dinosaurs." (This whole summer has been about Jurassic World!)

"Like, I made a joke about it, like maybe he (t-rex) used his arms for sign language."

"What kind of dinosaur is the 'kongamato', so I can look for it in my books, because I can bring it to school." (She also believes in Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.)

"On Friday I was going to swim all day, but I found out I was really busy." (She would swim all day, every day if we let her.)

"I had millions of questions, but it was all blank."

"I don't think there won't be any mean people there."

And my personal favorite:

"I sound like my own mother!"

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fully Implantable by AB?

It looks like Advanced Bionics was granted a patent for a fully implantable CI system today. I am not much of a science gal, but I am going to look it over. For other curious folks, here is the link. I wonder how long it takes for a device like this to go from planning to actual human subjects? Right now, Miss Kat is not remotely interested in a fully implantable system (and I am not interested in her being part of the first generation to use a new technology) but perhaps in the future...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sitting and watching Kat take the CELF

She is truly amazing to me. The words she knows really blows my mind. She has done so well. All I can say is wow.