During the month of May, Child’s Voice will be celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month by featuring all of our Programs in a “Spotlight Saturday” feature. This week’s feature is on our School Program. The School Program at Child’s Voice offers a busy, full-day program for children ages 3-8 years old. All students have hearing loss and utilize their cochlear implant or hearing aid to gain access to sound. Our staff is dedicated to teaching the skills a children with hearing loss needs to be successful in their home-town school district. We currently have 46 students enrolled in the Program.
When asked why Ms. Anna, who has a hearing loss as well, pursued a career in teaching children with hearing loss, she replied “I wanted to pay it forward to future children with hearing loss since I had teachers who got me to where I am today. I also wanted to be a teacher to children with hearing loss to show that they can do anything they put their minds too”!
Ms. Heather’s favorite Child’s Voice event is the Family Reunion. “It is so fun to see alumni students and their families”.
When we asked Ms. Melissa what she admires most in our kiddos, she replied “Their effort! These children work HARD all day, every day! We are constantly pushing them to take that next step with their language and their speech, and they ALWAYS step up to the challenge. They WANT to communicate, and they want their voices heard and do whatever we ask of them”!
Ms. Elisa decided to pursue a career in reaching children with hearing loss because “In college, I knew I wanted to teach, and I became very interested in learning about development of language. After I learned about Illinois State University’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, something told me to choose that to study. After my first DHH course, I knew that was the path for me. I loved learning about hearing loss and speech and language acquisition, as well as using my knowledge to help kids who need it. Five years later, I couldn’t be happier with that “something” telling me to become a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing”.
Ms. Robyn said she pursued a teaching career because “Growing up, I knew I always wanted to be a teacher. I can remember playing pretend “school” all the time as a kid. In college, I became very interested in Speech Pathology. I loved getting to work with students in a one-on-one setting in therapy. When I learned about the field of Deaf Education, I was instantly hooked. It combined my love of teaching and helping kids learn how to listen and talk in a small group setting. Now, as a mom of two kids myself, I feel even more passionate about what I do. I cannot imagine what it would be like to not be able to communicate with my child or for them not to be able to hear my voice. At places like Child’s Voice, I love that I can be a part of helping families to communicate and connect with their child. I love knowing that I can help students learn to say “Mama” or “Dada” for the first time, and witnessing students achieve goals that others never thought was possible”.
When we asked Ms. Nancy what her favorite Child’s Voice event is, she replied “My favorite event is the Winter Festival. The room is full of anticipation, laughter and joy from parents and family members watching and listening to their child SING”!