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Posted by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 4:05 PM
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 My name is Georgette. I am the Mother of two. daughter is Deaf and son is hearing. Our family uses total communication sign/voice. I work as an educational interpreter and deaf advocate. I am also involved in Deaf ministry. I love this community and I am looking forward to meeting Moms of deaf children. We can share our knowledge and experiences with each other. Hope you will join and be a part of this unique group.
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by New Member on Sep. 28, 2007 at 2:56 PM
hello. my name is nikke and i am the mother of 3. my oldest is deaf, and my younger two are hearing. we have been trying the total communication. my son for the most part refuses to sign unless prompted and only has a vocab of about 10 words which are used very sporatic and usually only when prompted. he is going on the 3rd of october to see a cochlear implant specialist. he has had hearing aides for 3 years 3 months and isnt progressing the way he should.
by Group Owner on Oct. 5, 2007 at 9:11 PM
 Hello Nikki, I am georgette and the owner of this group. Welcome I am so excited to have you. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I have been very sick and in bed. I look forward to getting to know you and sharing with each other.

 Keep in touch and I will also send you a friend invite.
 Blessings to your family

by New Member on Nov. 11, 2007 at 9:56 PM
Hey Ladies! My name is Corinne! I have 2 little girls. Our youngest daughter who is 21 months old is deaf. We found out when she just turned 12 months old. She was recently implanted 2 months ago w/ a cochlear implant and is learning to hear new things each and every day. Our little girl is 100% deaf in both ears. THen we have our hearing 4 year old! I am married to Nick who serves in the Us Army!
by New Member on Nov. 15, 2007 at 1:14 PM
Hi. My name is Shawna. My husband is Andy. We found this group...maybe a week ago and I am loving it. It's great to read how all the kids are doing with their CI.
We have 2 sons. Our oldest, AJ is 3 1/2 yrs is hearing and youngest, Logan is 17 month is deaf in both ears. We are in the process of getting CI for Logan. We never got a new born hearing screening done on him. I had him at a birthing center and didn't realize there was such thing as a hearing screening. When they told us he passed the newborn screening we thought that meant "passed all tests".
At 6 months we started noticing that he wasnt' responding to sounds. But at the same time, Logan had back to back ear infections. From 6 mo to 12 mo. After we got tubes in his ears a couple days after he turned 1. We tried to find signs that he could hear and any type of responce. We didn't see any progress. We took him to an Audiologist and had an ABR which he didn't pass. So now here we are in the process of getting the CI. Logan has an MRI scheduled on dec 6th. That will tell us if the CI will work in his ears. We do hope they will work for him, but if not, that is perfectly okay. Although, I would love for him to hear, I know that it's not necessary for him to be a happy and successful in life. It would make it easier for him, though...but not nesessary.
We are all learnings together, including our 3 1/2 year old, who loves to show off the signs that he know and is picking it up extremely fast. 
Again, it's nice to find someplace to hear what other parents are going through, learning about other possibilities and hearing others experiences.

Thank you Georgette for starting this group...:)
by New Member on Dec. 15, 2007 at 5:58 PM
Hi my name is Jennifer and my youngest son is deaf and also has a CI, but has chosen not to really us it. He is in a deaf program and loves to sign. Any way I am in college receiving my interpreters degree and my goal is to be an elementary school interpreter. My other children learn sign and love it as well.
by New Member on Dec. 23, 2007 at 6:21 PM
 My name is Rosemary Miniard I have 3 children on boy is 18 and my daughter is 16 and she is deaf and I have a 5 year boy both boys are hearing.We do ASL when my  daughter is home. She got to the Indiana deaf school and she stay in the dorm so she can do sports.
by Member on Jan. 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM
My name is Mary and I am the mother of Jacob age 11, hearing, and Elijah age 7 1/2 and deaf. Elijah has 2 cochlear implants receiving his first at the age of 18 months and the second at 4 1/2. He loves his cochlear implants. 
I have been teaching deaf kids for 17 years now. We use signing exact english in our program. I was a fluent signer when Elijah was born. 
Elijah started off in a TC program, but we moved him to an oral classroom after one year. I do sign with him when we swim or he bathes, or any other time his CI is off. he understands a lot of sign, but does not usually sign back to us.
We live in the Dallas, TX area.

by New Member on May. 19, 2008 at 12:20 PM
Hi my name is Tabbi and I am a mother of two and my oldest is hearing and my 10 month old is deaf. It is finally nice to know a straight answer. I am haviong a speech therapist and a deaf educator come in to my home help me. It is weird but I am grateful for the help. I am trying to learn sing as fast as I can so I can teach him. However, it is hard as we are a one income family.
by on Jun. 7, 2008 at 10:34 AM
Hello. My name is Nituna and I am a 14-year-old mom. I was a rape victim, but I really love my son, who was born April 12th, 2008. Today, though, I found out that he has been deaf since birth--they didn't catch it until just now. I am just clueless on mothering and now with this on top of everything, I'm overwhelmed. I hope this group will help me figure it all out! I want to be a good mom!!!
Sincerely, Nituna
by New Member on Jun. 8, 2008 at 2:07 AM
The tests at birth often don't find the hearing loss....I wish they did.  My son was over 2 when we realized he had a hearing loss.  In part because of the type of loss he has. 

I think that most moms when faced with something so unexpected are really thrown for a loop.  The most important thing would be to get  Early Intervention services (birth to 3) for your child and family.  We had people come to our house to help us a couple times a week to help us with Speech Therapy and Audio Verbal Therapy.  Most of the early intervention places offer support groups.  This will be the most valuable thing.   Find people in YOUR area that have been through something similar. 

In my opinion, I would find an Early Intervention provider that specializes in kids with hearing loss.  It depends on the center, but most that are not specifically geared for kids with hearing loss really don't understand what a child with hearing loss is going through.  In Seattle, my area, there are at least 3 Early Intervention providers (each with a different philosophy) specializing in kiddos with hearing loss.  Hopefully your ENT, Audiologist or hospital can point you in the right direction.  

Members of the group can make suggestions if you let us know your city and state.  Good luck and let us know how we can help.  :-)
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