Miss Kat heads to Africa!
Miss Kat's Deaf journey This summer Miss Kat has the amazing opportunity to spend 3 weeks on a humanitarian trip to Ghana. She will be working with a church group to build two new rooms for a school. The only accommodation she needed was an outlet to charge her cochlear implant batteries. English is the official language in Ghana (which helped guide her choice to which project she would pa...
Fri, Jul 30 2021
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Shortly after my post about the trouble we were having with AB, our local rep contacted me. She said that they had heard about all the trouble we had with Miss Kat's upgrade and that she wanted to work with us to make sure we got what she needed and we were satisfied. She became our direct contact and the process became so much better! She kept us informed, got the pa...
Fri, Apr 16 2021
A Working Woman
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat applied for her first job today! She did great in the interview. The manager liked her a lot and that she had a great personality and was just what they were looking for! She remarked how outgoing and friendly Miss Kat is as well. I'm so proud of the lovely lady she is turning out to be. She is an independent, gutsy, and all-around AWESOME young woman who...
Mon, Mar 29 2021
Marvelous Advanced Bionics?
Miss Kat's Deaf journey There have been very few occasions where I have felt let down or disappointed in AB and this last month has been the worst! We are married to AB because Miss Kat has bilateral 90K internal devices. While her outside processors have changed, her internals are here to stay! She has had each of them for more than 10 years (which means they are out of warranty but they ...
Thu, Mar 11 2021
12 years since Activation
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Here we sit on a typical Saturday morning. Miss Kat was up late last night finishing her homework for the week. She had an essay due and she had put it off until the last minute, but she finished and turned it in. She is in a college transition program this year and will be attending BYU-I online full-time starting next September. She intends to major in computer...
Sat, Nov 21 2020
For Children with Hearing Loss, Not Any Teacher Will Do
Miss Kat's Deaf journey I am a certified teacher. I am licensed to teach general education, special education and students with hearing loss. But, of course, I consider myself a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD) exclusively. General education and special education teachers do amazing things! In fact, I don't think I could ever do either one of those jobs! I could never handle some of the varieties o...
Wed, Feb 26 2020
Miss Kat's Deaf journey This is a new one for us! As of today, Advanced Bionics will no longer be selling the Naida Q70 processor that Miss Kat uses. I also received notice that one year from today, they will stop servicing it and call it obsolete. The bad news is that we will need to get a new processor, the good news is that insurance will surely pay for it once it will no longer be servic...
Sat, Nov 02 2019
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Guess who was the first volunteer at Karaoke Night at her Young Women's group? Yep, the deaf kid.
Wed, Jun 19 2019
Miss Kat's Deaf journey We are preparing for Miss Kat to attend a week-long church camp for teens in Utah this summer.Â This program has several classes where she will study the scriptures and hear from religious professionals, researchers, and motivational speakers. She will be with hundreds of other LDS youth, in huge classrooms (it is held at BYU) and will be a great learning and spiritu...
Sat, Jan 12 2019
High School Days
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat has been doing really well with this huge transition. She really enjoys her classes and is doing well. She is in Algebra and Biology this year but she loves her electives. She is taking art and "family and consumer sciences" known as FACS (it was what I called Home Ec growing up!)Miss Kat is also driving now! That has been quite an adventure. She is very caut...
Sat, Oct 13 2018
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat's favorite thing these days is YouTube. She listens to music on her phone NONSTOP. She loves looking up music and she especially loves lyric videos. Whenever we are driving together she asks if we can share music with each other. She will play me one of her favorite songs and then she looks up one of mine. It is really fun to share like that. It is certainly ...
Wed, May 30 2018
National Honor Society Part 2
Miss Kat's Deaf journey So, there have been several nasty rumors going around about Miss Kat since we moved her to the mainstream. The first is that I am lying about how well she is doing. This is coming from people who claim to "know people" who work with her. They are saying that I lie and that she is very far behind and that her teachers recommend placing her in a self-contained placement...
Wed, May 16 2018
Finding her niche
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat has been doing (overall) very well since our move. She has lots of friends, her Halloween party has become "the event" of the fall in her tiny school. Every day some friend comes over to hang out. She also has joined a "Dungeons and Dragons" group in town. She is such a proud little nerd!We had back to school night a few weeks ago. Miss Kat signed up for seve...
Tue, May 08 2018
Teen girl alert!
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Did a boy just show up at our house looking for Miss Kat?! He seems to really like her. I'm hearing things like, "Have you been all over the world?" and "You're so amazing." from the other room... Uh oh...might be time to send her to an all girls school!
Fri, Apr 06 2018
Why we chose a CI
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat is lip syncing to her favorite song that came on while we were in a restaurant.
Wed, Sep 13 2017
Wonder: The Movie
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Many of you are probably seeing the trailer for "Wonder: The Movie" and as a parent of a child with a disability, I would like to tell you why I am so angry about it and why I don't find it inspiring at all. The entire point of the book "Wonder" was showing that children with disabilities are exactly the same as children who are not. They are not "heroes" or sidesh...
Thu, May 25 2017
Miss Kat's Deaf journey I don't want this to be negative at all because this is wonderful for this little girl, but watching this video is a little overwhelming. This little girl was a very good friend of Miss Kat's in Utah. She was in her class from 3 years old and up. This WAS Miss Kat. This is what her life would have looked like if she had not gotten a CI and if we had never moved to her...
Sat, May 13 2017
Our Dinner Table
Miss Kat's Deaf journey This is in response to THIS blogpostI would like to tell you another story about a deaf child. This deaf child is named Susie. Susie didn't get a CI because the Deaf community told her family that Susie wasn't "broken". Susie used hearing aids, but they gave her almost no benefit. She couldn't hear any speech and she couldn't lipread (it is a very difficult skill to l...
Tue, May 02 2017
Hearing First Interview
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Making Books Come Alive for Young Children - Interview with Melissa JensenLast month was Literacy Month and one way weâ€™re celebrating is by recognizing how we can use books to achieve specific goals for each child. Overall, our philosophy is that every session should include a book. Natalie OHalloran interviewed Melissa Jensen, Teacher of the Deaf at ******* to hear...
Tue, Apr 04 2017
Miss Kat's words about work and self-reliance
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Hi! If any of you donâ€™t know me, my name is Miss Kat. My family and I moved here 6 months ago. I have been asked to talk about work and self-reliance. Self-reliance means that you can depend on yourself and donâ€™t need others to do things for you. In the scriptures, Heavenly Father tells us that He wants us to become self-reliant. The Church Handbook of Instructio...
Sat, Feb 18 2017
Miss Kat's Deaf journey So, Miss Kat has been out of her oral deaf school for 18 months now and we just got the results of her most recent comprehensive speech, language and listening testing. It was done privately because we do not utilize SLP services through the school district. (Miss Kat gets only itinerant teacher of the deaf services to work on pre-teaching academic vocabulary and self...
Tue, Jan 31 2017
Miss Kat's Deaf journey We had a pretty epic technology fail at church today. Miss Kat uses an fm, which works great for talks but not for musical numbers. Since there were going to be a ton for the Christmas program, I thought I would try to do live voice captioning. Didn't work with my whisper! It showed such classics as:"X-box live" (Silent Night)"Theme tickets" (Dream dream dream)"Knigh...
Sun, Dec 25 2016
Coping with our "new life"
Miss Kat's Deaf journey So, since I graduated from grad school a few months ago, there have been some big changes in our lives. I got a job teaching in an OPTION school. I have the youngest class and I absolutely love it!We also movedÂ three hours away from everything we have known over the last five years. We had originally hoped to stay in St. Louis, but it was not meant to be. Our next th...
Wed, Nov 16 2016
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Our lives have truly come full circle. Years ago, I sat and listened to parents and teens on panels and wondered if Miss Kat would ever be doing as well as the children we heard from. Now Miss Kat and I talk to families of children with hearing loss and to classes of teachers of the deaf.Even more amazing, 5 years ago, Miss Kat and I came across the country for a summ...
Fri, May 13 2016
National Junior Honor Society
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat was inducted into her school's honor society today. She was extended an invitation to apply because of her grades during the first semester of 6th grade. She then had to fill out some forms about her service, leadership roles, and extra-curricular activities. She was also required to write a short essay about a time when she overcame a struggle as a leader. A...
Mon, Feb 22 2016
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat received a letter today from her middle school nominating her for National Junior Honor Society. Her grades for the last two semesters plus her teachers' reports have made her eligible to apply! I couldn't be more proud of her!
Mon, Feb 01 2016
I don't know what to say...
Miss Kat's Deaf journey When we first started this journey, I noticed that a lot of CI blogs would start off strong and then after a period of time, the writing would slow down and then eventually just stop. The writer would no longer update about what was happening in their daily life. I was always disappointed when this happened and I wondered why. Now, I understand.I have nothing left to ...
Sun, Jan 24 2016
What a star!!
Miss Kat's Deaf journey What a week for Miss Kat. She has memorized a scene for her drama class (something that is extremely hard for her) and scored proficient of her 6th grade math test (up from 3rd grade at the beginning of the year)! She is also going to end the semester with straight A's. She has grown tremendously this year and has absolutely risen to the occasion of being in a mainstr...
Tue, Dec 15 2015
The beauty that is our life...
Miss Kat's Deaf journey I am so proud of Miss Kat. She is doing beautifully in school, she had her first band concert (she plays guitar) and her drama teacher says that she has never seen a student with such an expressive face and voice. But most of all, I am proud of the faithful young woman she is becoming. She went to her room today and prepared our Family Home Evening lesson completely o...
Sun, Nov 29 2015
Nothing left to say...
Miss Kat's Deaf journey 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?""...
Sat, Nov 14 2015
Miss Kat's Deaf journey 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 ...
Tue, Sep 22 2015
Update from the Mainstream
Miss Kat's Deaf journey 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 midd...
Sat, Sep 19 2015
5 years bilateral
Miss Kat's Deaf journey 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 tho...
Fri, Sep 04 2015
Spontaneous Language at Summer School
Miss Kat's Deaf journey 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 ...
Sun, Aug 02 2015
Fully Implantable by AB?
Miss Kat's Deaf journey 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 syst...
Wed, Jul 08 2015
Sitting and watching Kat take the CELF
Miss Kat's Deaf journey 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.
Wed, Jun 03 2015
And now we have the IEP
Miss Kat's Deaf journey While the meeting didn't go perfectly, and I may have offended the heck out of some professionals (not on purpose, but I think it happened nonetheless) we did manage to get every single thing we wanted! Miss Kat will be attending her neighborhood middle school this fall!So, we ended up five goals for the Teacher of the Deaf, who will be seeing Miss Kat every day for a...
Mon, May 04 2015
The BIG meeting
Miss Kat's Deaf journey is tomorrow afternoon. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Miss Kat deserves an appropriate placement and the serves to make her successful.
Sun, Apr 19 2015
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Since Miss Kat will be attending a public school in the fall, we had to go in yesterday, to the school district that oversees services for students with special needs, and have her evaluated for an FM. They have to prove that she needs one before they provide it.So, they started with a simple bilateral check of her thresholds. She was at 15-20 db across the board. Ver...
Wed, Mar 18 2015
Our Last Reading Evaluation
Miss Kat's Deaf journey In the mail today came the results of Miss Kat's last reading evaluation at her oral school. They gave her the "Woodcock Johnson III- Tests of Achievement". There are five subtests and then a Broad Reading Score, a Basic Reading Skills score, and a Reading Comprehension score. I will discuss them all.The first sub-test was "Letter-Word Identification". This test requi...
Mon, Mar 02 2015
"She's mainstreaming?! Aren't you so proud?"
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Or excited? Or ecstatic? Or thrilled? Or pleased? Or overjoyed?No, not really.I am not looking forward to fighting for everything again. For Miss Kat having mountains of homework. I'm not excited about working with people who have no idea how to meet her needs, with people who don't think she needs her accommodations, that think it is "unfair" for her to get them. I a...
Sat, Feb 07 2015
"I have two conditions...
Miss Kat's Deaf journey conditions, I learned that word. From TV."
Sun, Feb 01 2015
In regards to talking to her Great-Grandfather
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat says:""Old people can sometimes be interesting. They look boring, but their lives, when they were younger, they can talk about it and be interesting."
Sun, Jan 25 2015
Dolly Madison and Fundraising efforts
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Miss Kat has had some amazing opportunities through her school this year. She got to be the "Spokes-kid" for THIS wonderful charity a few weeks ago. She was also invited to speak at a fundraising event last week. She did wonderfully, was poised and shared her story beautifully. In her project based learning class this semester, the students are learning about America...
Mon, Dec 15 2014
Middle School and puberty hits...
Miss Kat's Deaf journey Oh baby girl, how you have grown...This week Miss Kat has come home with big news. There are two boys at school who like her. She is intentionally stringing them along and not telling them her feelings. (She even said, "I hope they don't talk to each other!") Tonight, she has been telling us how she is going to handle the inevitable question that MUST be answered on M...
Fri, Nov 14 2014
Miss Kat's Deaf journey I had the opportunity to speak to some Deaf Ed students today at Miss Kat's school. I shared our story and the ups and downs of our journey to this point. It was really interesting to hear the perspectives of the other parent who was on the panel as well. I really love getting to talk to future professionals and hearing from other families.During the meeting, one of t...
Thu, Nov 13 2014
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