Alumni Success Story, Meet Marne

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Marne is currently a freshman at New Trier High School. She attended Child’s Voice for three years and was part of the Class of 2008. When she was just six months old, she was diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy, which is when the hearing nerve does not function properly and a child hears a garbled noise instead of a clear signal. She started out with hearing aids and began Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) in the City of Chicago. After receiving her cochlear implant in 2004, her family learned about Child’s Voice from their AVT therapist.

Many fond memories were made at Child’s Voice including playing on the playground, singing in Mrs. Jeanette’s class and pajama day – especially the pancakes! Marne is still in touch with a couple of her best friends from her time at Child’s Voice.

MarneSpeakingMarne sharing her speech at middle school graduation.Marne entered her mainstream in the second grade. She feels that the transition went very smoothly, due to the self-advocacy class skills she learned at Child’s Voice. Marne also shared that she feels her biggest accomplishments from Child’s Voice are her, “…ability to communicate with others, self-advocacy, and leading a close to normal life.”

When asked what difference Child’s Voice had made, Marne’s father had this to say, “Education is like a house. Without a strong foundation, it will eventually fall down. Child’s Voice was a strong foundation that enabled all future learning to be built upon.”
Marne preparing for her speech.

MarnePrepThis summer, Marne has been busy traveling, enjoying the summer and spending time with her friends. She plays field hockey, track and soccer and also likes to bake. Also, she was selected to give a graduation speech to her fellow 8th graders earlier this summer. This speech was given in front of over 800 people!

We are so proud of Marne and her amazing accomplishments. Congratulations and good luck in high school! We look forward to hearing from you again soon!