Book We Love: Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective

I'm Eva, a 9-year-old girl from New Jersey who has always loved reading! I have hearing loss in my left ear, but with the help of my Roger Focus receiver and wireless system, I never let hearing loss hold me back! Ready to discover your next favorite book? Join me (and my pet fish Dr. DoBlue) to explore my bookshelf. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective by Octavia Spencer This is a mystery series about Randi Rhodes, a ninja detective, and her friends, Dario Cruz and Pudge Taylor, who help her solve crimes. My favorite character was Dario; he has hearing loss, but that doesn’t stop him from being a tae kwon do master! I loved the message of the book, which encourages kids to never give up, always tr

Sibling Spot: Christopher, Sophia, and Valerie

Meet Christopher, Sophia, and Valerie, siblings from California who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Christopher: Valerie is a great sister. I love playing with her and teaching her how to pronounce words correctly. We like to play catch together. We love each other a lot. Sophia: I like playing with my little sister because she’s sweet. If she doesn’t say some of her words right, I teach her them, and she learns from me. If she doesn’t hear or understand something, she makes a cute little face and says, “What did you say? ” Valerie: I like to play with my sister in our room. We play dolls and have long talks. I use my hearing aid and cochlear implant to hear my sister, brother,

Mark it with an E: Cupcake Galaxy Far Far Away

Hi bakers! My name is Evelyn, and welcome to my kitchen. I’m 13-years-old, I have one cochlear implant and one hearing aid, and I live in Canada. I’m here to share my love of baking with you, so whip out your spatula, and let’s get cooking! Cupcake Galaxy Far Far Away INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup hot coffee • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 cup all-purpose our • 1 cup granulated sugar • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup whole milk • 1/4 cup vegetable oil • 1 large egg • 1 teaspoon vanilla ICING • 2/3 cups unsalted butter, softened • 2 3⁄4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted • 3-4 Tablespoons whole milk • 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla • Food coloring

IEP My Way

An IEP is designed to help you, the student, but are you ready to attend your IEP meeting?Get ready for the new school year with our IEP Guide! Individualized Education Plan (IEP): Action steps for you and your teachers to help you achieve your goals. IEP Meeting: A yearly meeting to discuss your progress, set new goals, and plan accommodations. IEP team: A group of people that meets to create and update the IEP, typically including your parents, teacher of the deaf, case manager, and school principal or director of special education. Other teachers and service providers, such as your audiologist, may be included. When you were younger, you may not have attended your IEP meetings. However, Y

PACS: Meet Emily!

E M I L Y My Dream Career I want to be a pediatric audiologist to help families through the process of hearing loss diagnosis, amplification, and education. As someone who grew up wearing hearing aids and recently received a cochlear implant, I know how important it can be for kids with hearing loss to interact with adults like them. It shows them that we can be successful no matter the circumstances! My Self-Advocacy Story Until college, I was always the only person in class who wore hearing aids. It took a long time for me to become comfortable in my own skin. At first I didn’t use any assistive devices, but when my hearing loss become more severe, I realized I needed additional support. I

Overcoming Obstacles: Meet Alexis

HOW does Alexis hear? With a thirst for adventure, a passport in hand, and bilateral cochlear implants! All About Me Hi, I’m Alexis, and I’m 16-years-old. I live in Iowa where I love to raise farm animals, but my true passion is traveling the world and seeing as many new places as possible! Hearing My Way In preschool, I began to fail my hearing tests and got my first pair of hearing aids. From then, my hearing slowly got worse. Not only was I not hearing, but when I did hear, I didn’t understand. My mom would tell me to do something, but I’d do something else. My friends would say one thing, but I’d hear something different. I was diagnosed with severe auditory neuropathy, a hearing disorde