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  • A CIRS Success: What's Turtle in Sign Language?

    A CIRS Success: What's Turtle in Sign Language?

    When Cheyanne Vanderdonckt, a special education teacher at Moravia Park Elementary School, began planning a month of lessons on communication for her students in the first and second grade, she knew that she wanted the curriculum to focus on talking and listening. READ MORE>

  • A Clinical Success: A PRACTICAL, LIFE-AFFIRMING, COMMUNITY-MINDED DECISION

    A Clinical Success: A PRACTICAL, LIFE-AFFIRMING, COMMUNITY-MINDED DECISION

    Several years ago, I noticed that my hearing was not as good as it used to be. But I waited a bit to decide what to do. Finally, when I couldn't hear my grandchildren trying to tell me something in the car, I decided that was it. I was going to take care of it. The audiologists at The Hearing and Speech Agency were so wonderful and professional. They found me the right hearing aids and programmed them exactly for my particular hearing loss. Now, the aids make a big difference in my life. And life is worth hearing. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCESS: WHEN TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

    A GATEWAY SUCESS: WHEN TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

    Excerpt From Urbanite Magazine, January 2011 | By Robin T. Reid

    Ebony Martin watched her toddler, Connor, flick the TV off and on repeatedly. He did the same with the light switches. He'd jump almost nonstop. And he stopped talking and began uttering small sounds instead of the few words he'd been using. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: HASA'S LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE SERVICES CHANGE LIVES

    A Clinical Success: HASA'S LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE SERVICES CHANGE LIVES

    Meet three wonderful children whose lives have been touched by HASA’s Listening and Spoken Language Program, Little Ears, Big Voices. First, Lawrence, age 3: watch the activation of his cochlear implants and the first sounds of his young life. Then Charlotte, age 5: hear her mother tell their story and see Charlotte on a typical preschool day. And last, check out Sade’s story, age 4: learn from a father who has worked with HASA audiologists and speech-language pathologists since his daughter received her cochlear implants at 18 months of age. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: Dr. Joshua is in the House

    A Clinical Success: Dr. Joshua is in the House

    Only nine months ago, a spirited little kindergartner named Joshua Turner couldn’t draw. “All we got were big scribbles,” says his mother, Nikki Turner. And scribbles might not be such a terrible thing for a young boy, but when he has been diagnosed with autism, it can be worrisome to a parent. Would he ever learn to write? Would all fine motor skills be problematic for him? READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: THE NATIONAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: THE NATIONAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

    Gateway School was the first nonpublic school in the country to participate in the innovative BioEYES program. The school was full of excitement all week as Gateway teachers and BioEYES team members guided our students as they caught small fish in nets, peered into microscopes and petri dishes, and pointed to illustrations that matched what they saw. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: Building Communication

    A Clinical Success: Building Communication

    At 2 years old, Keshawn was a little boy who was bursting with personality, but could not express himself. A rocky start in life, including his mother abandoning him at 7 months, may have contributed to his speech delay. Whatever the root of the problem, however, his foster mother, Deborah Hope, did not wait around to see if he’d outgrow it. She arranged a speech-language evaluation at The Hearing and Speech Agency and then faithfully brought Keshawn to weekly speech therapy sessions for two years. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: BIG MEN ON CAMPUS

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: BIG MEN ON CAMPUS

    Shimmy and Christian are best friends. They met at Gateway School, where they are both thriving. Shimmy came to Gateway when he was nine. Born profoundly deaf, he received a cochlear implant at age five. By the time he arrived at Gateway, Shimmy had become proficient at American Sign Language, but his speech was very difficult to understand and he needed the services of a sign-language interpreter to understand what was happening in the classroom. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: A Life-Altering Hearing Test

    A Clinical Success: A Life-Altering Hearing Test

    In the winter of 2008, parents of three-year-old twins, Ethan and Connor, were beginning to accept that their active, affectionate boys might truly be on the autism spectrum, as teachers and professionals had told them. They began the admissions process for Gateway School... READ MORE>>

  • A CIRS Success: Learning the Sign of the Times

    A CIRS Success: Learning the Sign of the Times

    Ann Potter grew up a “military brat.”  She had never met a deaf person or sign language user when she was a child.  As a teenager, she became fascinated with American Sign Language, but only ever saw it in books or on the occasional television show. Moving around the world and experiencing life in other countries led to an interest in culture and language for Ann. READ MORE>>

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