Child’s Voice Celebrates #GratefulNovember
We asked one of our families for the impact that Child’s Voice has had on their family. Read below for their story…
When our oldest was diagnosed with hearing loss, we knew virtually nothing about hearing loss and even less about the resources available for her. This resulted in myriad of emotions, fear being the most prominent: Fear that our daughter would be a “different kid” and not fit in socially. Fear that her educational options would be substandard. Fear that she would never be able to enjoy music. Fear that we would never hear our daughter say “I love you Mommy and Daddy.” However, after visiting Child’s Voice, almost immediately, the prominent emotion we were experiencing changed from fear…we now had hope.
Our audiologist introduced us to Child’s Voice at the time of her diagnosis. A few weeks later we were given a tour of the school by the Child’s Voice staff. What we witnessed on that tour was nothing short of amazing: children with hearing loss learning, interacting, and playing with their teachers, therapists, each other, and us. A child in the PI class who had a similar level of hearing loss as Molly (corrected via cochlear implants) walked up to us, extended his hand, and verbally introduced himself. We sat in on a music class and watched kiddos play instruments, clap, and sing. We witnessed a one-on-one speech therapy session taking place with a student in Tot Class.
The prominent emotion we were experiencing then changed…we now had hope.
Here’s the thing about hope though: By definition it is just a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Throughout Molly’s time at Child’s Voice, the desire to observe our child learn to hear and speak has been actualized and our expectations for her Child’s Voice experience are exceeded literally every day. There is a strong sense of community at Child’s Voice not only amongst the children, but also the parents, teachers, therapists, and staff. We have developed a second family and look forward to our continued involvement with the school as both Molly and our son, Beau, continue their time in the Child’s Voice curriculum (Beau is currently in Tot Class. He is literally undergoing surgery for cochlear implantation as we write this from the waiting room.)
We have no doubt that both of our children will thrive when they are “mainstreamed” into our local school district.
Because of this, it is our goal to do as much as we can to help the organization that does so much to help our children. We encourage other parents to get involved: be active in the Parents’ Association, attend the social functions like the Golf Outing, Fall Gala, and Summer Picnic, encourage your families and friends to get involved and spread the word of the Child’s Voice mission.j
Thank you so much to Child’s Voice for enriching our lives!
Mike and Katie Schroeder
Thank you Mike, Katie and all the Schroeder family! We are grateful for you! We celebrate you!
#SmileswithSmiley #SmileyCV #GratefulNovember
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