#SelfAdvocacySunday Aware of self as a deaf or hard of hearing individual
#SelfAdvocacySunday Part 9: Camps for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children24 February 2019Summer Camps!I have the pleasure of being a member of the Richland Sertoma Club, a service organization with a focus on children and adults with hearing loss. One of our big projects is sending children who are deaf or hard of hearing to Camp Sertoma.  Camp…

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Eda’Leigh’s mom, Takeesha, talks about her Beginnings SC journey.  “Beginnings SC has been a big support for our family. On December 28, 2020, we found out that our sweet baby girl Eda’Leigh Tiana’Grace had profound hearing loss. I can remember that day just like it was yesterday. At the time, I did not really understand…

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Zavaeha Pullin’s Family Story Zavaeha’s mom, Brittney Pullins, describes her journey with Beginnings SC. “When it comes to Beginnings SC and how they have impacted my family, it’s just them being there for us in this time of need that we are going through. I found out my baby was deaf when she hit one…

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Lisa Pullen’s Family Story Lisa Pullen talks about her journey with Beginnings SC. “For many years I knew few people who worked in organizations such as Beginning SC, which helps families with deaf children or resources for deaf family members. Before I became in a relationship with my partner, I didn’t need help. However, after…

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Ava Hagan’s Family Story Ava’s mom, Katie Hagan, discusses her journey with Beginnings SC. “Learning that your child can’t hear is life altering. Beginnings SC educated us on our child’s hearing loss, helped us feel less alone in navigating Ava’s diagnosis, gave us the tools we need to support Ava’s growth and development, and connected…

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When we at Beginnings were going through strategic planning and looking for a tagline that embodied our purpose, we struggled for weeks!

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Webinar: Information for the Deaf Community About the COVID-19 VaccineWhen: Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. ESTWho: SC Deaf/Hard of Hearing CommunityWhat: Virtual webinar with Dr. Jane Kelly, Assistant State Epidemiologist at SC DHECWhere: Two ways to watch-1. Facebook Live @BeginningsSC (you can type questions for Dr. Kelly in the comments)2. Zoom (you can type…

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We have thrown together a list of a few easy resources that you might find helpful but the biggest goal of this post is to make sure you know that just surviving this whole thing is okay.

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Introducing...Back to School During the Coronavirus: A Guide for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their Teams Beginnings SC  • 9/18/2020Learn tips to share with teams. Help prepare your child for school. Share with colleagues. Knowledge is power!(Stay tuned for a version in ASL.)  https://beginningssc.org/library/uploads/2020/08/Back-To-School-A-Guide-for-DHH-StudentsFINAL.pdf  Beginnings SC is here for any questions or concerns you…

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Check in + Circle of SupportDoes it feel like your world is upside down? You are not alone. Beginnings SC  • 4/09/2020We’ve put together multiple tips to help you navigate this new school-at-home time we are in.Here are some DHH-specific tips for facing the new challenge of learning from home.     If school was the only concern,…

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We have thrown together a list of a few easy resources that you might find helpful but the biggest goal of this post is to make sure you know that just surviving this whole thing is okay.

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Summer IEP for Parents-Games (Click for a PDF)
Welcome to the third round of the Summer IEP for PARENTS-- Games, Activities and Sports! Hope everyone is feeling good about doing some fun activities and using lots of language! This week is more of the same-Games, Activities, and Sports. Regardless of the hot SC sun, summer is still a perfect time for fun. Family activities,…

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AKA-Take care of yourself first. If anyone is watching over my shoulder while I am working on this, they have one hand on their hip and the other is wagging a finger at me. I am the worst at taking care of myself--first or last. But as moms, moms of kids with different kinds of needs…

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#SelfAdvocacySunday Part 11: Caring for Hearing Technology20 April 2019#SelfAdvocacySunday: Part 11-3 Tips about Caring for Hearing TechnologyMany days there seems to be not enough time in the day. Soon it will be summer so put a post it note on the fridge and work on some #SelfAdvocacy skills this year. Yes, you have homework!You can read…

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#SelfAdvocacy for Parents-IEP Pre-planning28 March 2019You have homework!Before the IEP, spend a little time filling out this worksheet and thinking about the upcoming year.  You can write down all your thoughts that might "hide" once you get to the IEP meeting.  Right-click and save the image below, or download a PDF to collect your thoughts.…

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#SelfAdvocacySunday Aware of self as a deaf or hard of hearing individual
#SelfAdvocacySunday Part 8: Role Models27 January 2019#SelfAdvocacySunday!  Tonight’s post is all about really awesome adults that are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  I tried to find some from a variety of occupations and places so young children can find someone with whom to connect.   Have a seat, and let’s get going!You can be anyone you want! A…

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Early Intervention is a family-centered program for children, ages birth through 5, who are deaf, blind, or sensory multi-disabled. Together with parents, we strive to help each child reach maximum pre-school potential and to be ready for elementary school. The Early Intervention Program is provided in a natural environment such as the child’s home, daycare,…

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Bright Start provides quality comprehensive services to all individuals with special needs and developmental delays so that children, teenagers and adults can achieve their greatest potential.

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Today’s post is from a special contributor, Camillia J. Lynch.  She is working on her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. Kevin J. Donaldson stated, “Remember NO ONE has the right to control your emotions, thoughts, and actions unless you let them.” It is normal to experience various kinds of emotions or feelings because it is okay to feel. Sometimes, it may be uncomfortable to experience negative emotions or feelings such as…

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Carter Hears! is an educational consulting group that focuses on children with hearing loss by supporting families & professionals with customized service.

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#SelfAdvocacySunday Knowledge of hearing loss
Another crucial piece of #self-advocacy is for a child to be able to understand his or her hearing loss and explain it to another person. Imagine the confidence she will have when she, not her mom, says “These are hearing aids. I am hard of hearing and these help me hear you so we can…

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#SelfAdvocacySunday Active participant in a variety of setting
Hi, there! Happy last Sunday of 2018, and last #SelfAdvocacySunday post of the year, too. This post not only helps with self-advocacy, it also helps with getting back into the routine of school.  A tool that is immensely beneficial at home and at school is a visual schedule. A visual schedule is great for all…

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#SelfAdvocacySunday Aware of self as a deaf or hard of hearing individual
Guest Blogger: Gina Viruso, LSW Besides being able to identify different emotions that lead to the development of skills to be able to self-advocate, it is important that children have an understanding of who they are.  I strongly believe that without understanding their own self identity, children are unable to feel the confidence needed in…

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.17.6″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.17.6″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.17.6″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.17.6″ text_font=”Arial||||||||”] Holidays mean one thing for parents–Lots of togetherness with their children!  Let’s use it to continue working on IDENTIFYING EMOTIONS.     Routines are going to be shifted…there might be longer-than-normal days…you will probably be seeing family and friends that you don’t normally see…All of…

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Last week we posted about #SelfAdvocacy skills for preschool and early elementary school children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  This week, it is much of the same, but with more complexity. Remember, The first step in #SelfAdvocacy is Self-Awareness; being able to recognize and express emotions, explaining his/her hearing loss and what accommodations work for him/her,…

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Today starts #SelfAdvocacySunday.  Each week we will bring you another installation about increasing your child or student’s self-advocacy skills because YOU, the parent, are the best resource to teach these skills. What is self-advocacy?   Much of what people with typical access to spoken language learn is incidental; it happens nearby and you see and hear an exchange…

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Part 2: So what can we do to help our children? If you suspect bullying is happening at school, first talk to your child. Ask them about the experience and what is happening. Find out if they have reported the behavior to anyone at school and, if so, what their response was. Call a meeting.…

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What is bullying? An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity— to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people. Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential…

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If anyone has heard Mary or I present, or been at one of our home visits, or talked to us at a Child Care conference…heck, if you’ve talked to us at all, you know that we always are talking about how hearing loss impacts the typical acquisition of language.  Typically a baby is born into a…

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Time flies when you are having fun, right?!  Now it’s time to get down to business–SCHOOL TIME! 1. Meet your child’s teachers!  Make sure your child knows how to get to her classroom(s) and can read/write/sign/say her teacher(s) name.  Complete the Beginnings SC’s Back to School Introduction letter and pass that around, too. 2. Take…

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Cole’s Story as Told by His Mom, Plus a Special Interview of Cole by His Brother Will “I just received Cole’s new IEP, and it has his new accommodations.  I just want you to know how much I appreciate your help with this whole process.  It has been so difficult, transitioning into the public school…

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Andrew’s Story as Told by His Mom Having Beginnings help me learn the educational impacts of my son’s hearing loss has been beneficial in me learning, as a parent, to better advocate for him. The knowledge and understanding that Cara brings is so uplifting and empowering. Ever since I realized that my son was Deaf…

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Here’s the presentation that Cara did at the Family Connections 2018 Hopes and Dreams Conference! If you have any questions, send Cara an email at csenterfeit@scbegin.org Access the presentation here: http://scbegin.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Language-Construction-Paper-and-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches_-Making-Learning-Happen11.pdf

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Micah and Mia’s Story as Told by Their Mom Our journey as parents of a hard of hearing child began in 2014 when our son, Micah was born. He failed his newborn hearing screening and 6 weeks later, at his ABR, he was diagnosed with hearing loss. We were given a lot of information that…

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Six years ago this month, Mary and I (Cara) sat around a table at our then-favorite eating establishment and met with the leadership of Beginnings, Inc. from North Carolina. Fast-forward to now where Mary and I have provided individualized, in-person education and guidance to 165 families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing…

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Eli’s Story as Told by His Parents   Where do we begin? We are so very thankful for Beginnings SC!! We have spent years struggling to keep Eli in regular education and the least restrictive environment yet have all of his various needs met within our school district. This had become extremely difficult and we…

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Abby’s Story as Told by Her Mom “This is my oldest. Her name is Abby. She is pretty amazing (when she isn’t being too much of a 7 year old diva.) She has had to work very hard for things many of us take for granted. Abby was born with moderate to severe hearing loss…

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Stephen’s Story as Told by Beginnings & His Mom Little Stephen has been through a lot. But thanks to Ms. Tracy and Mr. Billy, he has started living a whole new life. You see, he spent his first three years bouncing from hotel to hotel, only understanding how to get his needs met by screaming…

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Jayden’s Story as Told by His Mom Our son Jayden was diagnosed with EVA (enlarged vestibular aqueduct) as a four year old, after failing his hearing test at school. We were devastated at first, but came to understand this is the new normal. Jayden’s doctor and audiologist recommended we have an FM system to assist…

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Naomi’s Story as Told by Her Mom When my daughter, Naomi, failed two school hearing screenings in third grade two years ago, life seemed to start spiraling out of control. I started asking Naomi so many questions and received heartbreaking responses. Responses like, “I can’t hear my friends when they whisper in my ear,” or…

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Many people throughout the world have dealt with varying levels of hearing loss. I am just one of those many and I would like to share part of my journey through life as a hard of hearing person. In 1979, I joined the United States Marine Corps, 251 Thunderbolt Squadron. It was from working around F4…

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  1. Begin with a fresh start. This is a new school year, which means it’s an opportunity for a brand new start! Your child has different teachers, different classmates, maybe your child is even in a new school.  Either way, this year you know more.  You know what words to use, you know the…

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  One of the best ways to keep children who are deaf or hard of hearing learning during the summer is a language experience book.   This is a time-honored tradition in deaf education classes, and is also used by English as a Second Language teachers, speech language pathologists, and more.   But it is…

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Ena’s Story as Told by Her Mom

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  What is ESY? Extended School Year (ESY) IS additional special education services needed for a child with a disability that is  “necessary [for] the child to benefit from his or her education…so that the child can make progress toward the goals specified on the child’s IEP and to prevent regression.” Extended School Year (ESY)…

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While Summer is still months away, there are always quite a few camps for deaf and hard of hearing children, teens, and young adults that you’ll want to be sure to register for ahead of time while there’s still space! Check them out! Click here for a downloadable PDF: 2017 Summer Camps Camp Wonder Hands…

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One of Beginnings SC’s Board members, Missy, has been Deaf since birth.  She and her husband, who is also Deaf, use American Sign Language as their primary mode of communication, as do their two children.  In November 2016, their oldest child begins to request an evaluation of his hearing because he was pretty sure he had…

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  Language builds on language. 80-90% of what a 5 year old knows going into kindergarten is learned incidentally – that means without thinking, without trying, the brain is listening and hearing and building language.  Kids with a hearing loss don’t have the luxury of that easy acquisition   Be patient. Remember that every parent…

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Organize and bring your child’s paperwork with you. The most important ones to bring are: your child's current IEP new audiological reports new evaluation reports Take paper to use to write notes during the meeting. The Beginnings parent notebook is a great organizing tool! For the meeting, think of your main goal(s) - try not…

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Reading is everyone's best friend! Reading Decreases Stress LevelsBelieve it or not, reading for at least 6 minutes reduces your stress levels by a whopping 69%.Reading Increases Empathetic ReasoningFiction has been found to develop greater empathetic reasoning in readers than nonfiction, so make sure you’re getting a good balance! Reading also helps children relate well to…

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It’s Monday and I have a home visit with a new family this week.  A new 6-year-old boy, “Shawn,” who is starting to show signs of struggling to learn to read.  This will be the Initial Home Visit, and it begins before my actual appointment time with the family.  Here’s a summary. Beginnings SC received…

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Cara and I never thought we would be performing hearing screenings for children when setting out to start a program for parent education, but getting into the process has been fun, energizing, and eye-opening. With the help of some amazing volunteers, I have performed almost two thousand (yes, you read that right!) screenings since September…

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Ainsley’s Story as Told by Her Mom We knew at the age of 3 that Ainsley had some hearing loss from a hole in her eardrum from ear tubes. The audiologist Ainsley had at the time told us it wouldn’t affect her and there wasn’t much we could do other than just wait and see…

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J.R.’s Story as Told by His Mom On June 15, 2013 our family of three became a family of four. Our precious baby boy James Robert (J.R.) was born. Every inch of him was perfect. The nurse came and got him several times to run the typical tests. He failed his newborn hearing screening and…

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Corbin’s Story as Told by His Mom Corbin is currently five and a half years old. Corbin had health problems from a very early age. He has suffered from chronic ear infections and sinus infections. He has had 5 sets of tubes and had his adenoids out. At age three and a half, he had…

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Ah’Yania’s Story as Told by Her Mom When I got custody of my grandniece in 2009, she was 5 years old. She had been in the Department of Social Services foster care system since birth. According to the foster mother, she was not given much help to understand Ah’Yania. Ah’Yania had no form of communication…

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[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Knowledge is power! It’s one of my favorite quotes anyway, but I’m an educator through and through-it has to be my mantra. So many times we get so busy in the back-to-school-hustle that the first day comes and goes. Without a chance to really let…

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Meet Michelle.  She (and husband, Rusty) are parents to Sean. Sean has a bilateral hearing loss.  He will be going into middle school this month (insert a shudder! Just kidding…) Michelle also happens to be a Speech-Language Pathologist in the same district where Sean attends.  I asked Michelle about “The First Day.”  Q: What do you…

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1. Begin with a fresh start. This is a new school year, which means it’s an opportunity for a brand new start! Your child has different teachers, different classmates, maybe your child is even in a new school.  Either way, this year you know more. You know what words to use, you know the IEP…

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[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Join Beginnings SC, SC Association of the Deaf, the SC Chapter of Hands & Voices, and the Irmo Fire Department for the 1st Annual Back to School Bash! This is a FREE event open to all Deaf or hard of hearing families in SC – parents of deaf and hard…

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    Beginnings SC is starting a new feature called #TeamTuesday.  I spent lots of my life “doing it by myself” and learned the hard way (read: still learning) to love my “village.”  Beginnings SC’s Tuesday posts will be  just that…a spotlight each week on a member of the team that works with families of deaf and hard…

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If anyone has been reading Beginnings SC’s Facebook feed, you know I have been enthralled with Dancing with the Stars lately, because of one reason–Nyle DiMarco. The only time I ever watched America’s Next Top Model was the finale, just to see who this Nyle guy was. I’ve never watched DWTS, either, until half way…

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The Back to the Basics-Part 2 was about the uniqueness of students with a hearing loss.  Every child–deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing– is born with a different personality, different learning style, different genetic make up, and so on.  And that child is exposed to different experiences, different language models, and different parenting styles.  Added to…

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If you’ve ever talked to me about education, you know I have tons of thoughts on that subject.   Last week I wrote about the eligibility as “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA,) specifically here in South Carolina.  I also included a basic overview of some of the “adverse…

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Hi, there.  Cara here.  It's IEP time in many districts across South Carolina and Beginnings SC has received LOTS of questions.  This is the first of several posts about what I call the "basics" of IDEA regulations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.  One might hear me say "We serve lots of families and…

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[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_line_height=”2em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] I just read this article from a link on Facebook from Carter Hears! and had to start posting again.  This is a report about a multiyear battle between a school district in Washington State and a student who is deaf and was denied so many rights…

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It’s almost time!  Last year was a blast getting selfies online and meeting folks at Carolina Wings.  This year-has to be more fun!  Here are the details. Midlands Gives is a 24 hour giving period so everyone in the Midlands (and beyond) and make a positive difference right here in our backyard. Now BEGINNINGS SC…

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  Almost 30 years ago, a group of parents in North Carolina met to discuss how to convince the schools to provided different learning environments for their deaf and hard of hearing children.  Many years later, there are a variety of different programs in NC meeting the individual needs of deaf and hard of hearing children–with spoken…

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We didn’t double our record from last year, but the 2nd Annual BEGINNINGS FORE KIDS Golf Classic was a success!  Thanks to the volunteers, the sponsors, the teams, the staff of Cobblestone Park, our Board and our photographer.  Mary and I are again touched by the overwhelming support from our community.          …

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Today is a collection of links to parent-to-parent support online.  I’m just going to start listing.  I have not read each and every one of these, so reader beware! HUGE list of blogs from parents of DHOH children Parents of Children with a Cochlear Implant (Facebook group) Parents of Deaf/HH Children in Horry County (Facebook…

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Oops!  I let yesterday go by without a post, and almost let today slip by!  Luckily I have two posts ready.  On Friday I posted about The Million Words project and the first “T”-“Tune In.”  The 2nd and 3rd Ts are “Talk More” and “Take Turns.”  Talk More is the  reminder to increase the amount…

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  There is an incredible project out of Chicago that is providing coaching for parents (and it started with parents of deaf children!) about how to “grow” a child’s brain just by talking! (Aside-I often read “talking” and insert whatever communication method is being used.)    There are “3 T’s” that are incorporated into the…

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  Today’s post is a link to a Pinterest board with tons of family activities!  Choose one and do it this weekend!

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Tons of things going on in October in SC!  Here’s a massive list from SCiway.net.

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Little late posting today but as I sat down to find a topic to post, this post from Peace in Your Home came up in my Pinterest feed.  Holy moly I needed this today (and many days!)  I am a teacher through and through but still need reminding.  This helps me remember that children don’t…

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I love all the activities happening in fall!  The picture above has a great list to print and check off-from EdVentures with Kids.  Here is another activity from one of my favorite blogs- No Time for Flash Cards.  This blog always has extremely fun and educational activities for kids and families (and teachers and students!)…

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Today’s post is on prevention-for friends and family members without current hearing loss and for those with hearing loss who want/need to keep what you have.  This is a graphic that shows how loud different sounds are and when it becomes damaging.  Playing video games with the sound too loud, hunting, loud music through headphones, riding four-wheelers and…

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I just found this full-length episode from Nick news about 5 different deaf and hard of hearing kids, called Now Hear This! What is you were Deaf?  (from the blog of LC Interpreting Services.) The blog post was Deafness is Not One Size Fits All–had I found this yesterday, it would have been the perfect end…

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Happy Friday! I was searching for “How to speak like a Pirate” in American Sign Language (if you know me, you won’t be surprised) and found a new comic book with FOUR deaf/hard of hearing characters! I love comics and graphic novels and strong role models! A great summary of the books is found at…

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This week I am going to list several sites related to the different communication paths a child and family can take.   Remember, the optimal goal for children is LITERACY and LANGUAGE so they are happy, successful adults.   Beginnings does not advocate for one or another method-what’s right for your family is what’s right for…

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This week I am going to list several sites related to the different communication paths a child and family can take.   Remember, the optimal goal for children is LITERACY and LANGUAGE so they are happy, successful adults.   Beginnings does not advocate for one or another method-what’s right for your family is what’s right for…

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This week I am going to list several sites related to the different communication paths a child and family can take.   Remember, the optimal goal for children is LITERACY and LANGUAGE so they are happy, successful adults.   Beginnings does not advocate for one or another method-what’s right for your family is what’s right for…

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This week I am going to list several sites related to the different communication paths a child and family can take.   Remember, the optimal goal for children is LITERACY and LANGUAGE so they are happy, successful adults.   Beginnings does not advocate for one or another method-what’s right for your family is what’s right…

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If you are one of our Beginnings’ families, chances are Mary or I have said “Talk all the time. Talk until you make yourself feel silly-and keep talking.”  (And when we say “talk,” we mean communicate! ASL, spoken language, cued speech or a mixture that fits your child.) Sometimes life gets in the way so…

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It’s raining where I am.  Boo! Since I can find the silver lining in any cloud (well, almost anything) I have rainy day activity ideas! Foam Dough– all you need is shaving cream and corn starch! Color Explosion- We’ve done this so many times at our house and my 5 and 10 year olds STILL…

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There is a great blog out of Georgia that has some terrific posts about language and literacy and deaf/hard of hearing kids.   Right now Forever Free is doing multiple posts with groups of vocabulary words that children need to know, like vehicles, toys,  animals, etc.  There are flashcards and links to Signing Savvy with the…

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Here is a great site from Delaware called QT 30.  The site is full of activities for parents to use to spend 30 quality time minutes with their child each day.  Bookmark this and put a sticky note on the fridge- Quality Time- 30 minutes!  

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Today-in the middle of back-to-back meetings and finishing up materials for the first meeting of the year for my Girl Scout troop, I realized that I just needed a short time-out.  Today’s post is a fun way to add in a short break when your kid (or yourself) needs a diversion. Roll a Brain Break can…

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This one is for my teacher friends out there.  I forget that PBS created some units with in depth vocabulary work for DHOH students.   The units cover the books The Fox and the Crow, Click Clack Moo, and Joseph had a Little Overcoat.  All of the books have accompanying videos presented in different communication…

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Happy Monday!  So often I sit at IEP meetings, or talk to people in traditional education settings and try to describe hearing loss.  This is a short but adequate demonstration of different types of hearing loss-with the Flintstones.  Share this!      

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Just came across this post of young adult books featuring deaf or hard of hearing characters.  Very cool!  Five books that look great for young ladies and young men.  Read the summaries and more info at The Hub.  

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Happy Saturday!  I, for one, needed it!  Looking through my Feedly blogs and found this video made by Deaf campers at Camp Mark Seven in New York.   I love videos made by kids and I (still) love Pharrell’s Happy song.   Sit back, turn on the CC, and everyone in your house can enjoy this bit…

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It’s Friday and let’s get outside and play!  The web is full of scavenger hunts that can be printed out and handed to kids.  Important: Get outside!  Here are a few examples:               No Wooden Spoons has two scavenger hunts-one for in the city and one for outside in nature.…

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Day 4 of the Back to Blogging/Deaf Awareness Month series!  Today is an idea that can be used at home, at school, on vacation, at the grocery store…anywhere!  You will need a few basic supplies in the beginning, but then you are set for a while! I used Language Experience Books when I was teaching…

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  This started as a P.S. on yesterday’s post when I realized it was getting too wordy!  Here are my thoughts on homework. Make sure that there is one established place to do homework.  Keep some basic supplies near for homework time. Find a place near the door for school bags.  Each night put book bags, finished homework,…

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It’s Tuesday and Labor Day is over.  It’s back to school, for real now. 🙂 May this be a incredible year! Here are some the things to make sure that this year gets off to a good track: Make sure you have a current copy of this year’s IEP Touch base with your child’s teacher, your…

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Seems like May was just last week! Summer’s flown by and most everyone is finished with vacations and back in school [insert your own emotion about that.] September is Deaf Awareness Month. We are going to celebrate this month with posts about language and family fun and matters pertaining to deaf and hard of hearing…

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  When it rains, it pours!  This week keeps getting better and better!  We had amazing support with MidlandsGives.org-36 donors and over $1800 in donations- and now we have another announcement!   Beginnings SC is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Lipscomb Family Foundation! This foundation not only has a heart for the education and development of…

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I’ve been teaching for almost 20 years and I STILL want a new outfit for the first day of school and for picture day!  Tomorrow is #MidlandsGives where our community takes steps to donate money to Midlands (and in our case, state-wide) nonprofits.  We’d love for everyone to donate to us, but it would be…

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MidlandsGives is right around the corner! Less than 6 days away! Set your alarm for 12:01am May 6th to get up and make an online contribution! Actually, you have 23 hours and 58 minutes (until 11:59pm on May 6th) to make a contribution, so anytime that day will be great. Here’s our link: http://ow.ly/wkU6g. You…

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On May 6, Beginnings SC will be participating in a 24-hour online giving challenge. MidlandsGives.org is new to SC, but is a part of national day of support for nonprofit organizations. We are thrilled to have this opportunity–all funds raised during this 24-hour period go directly to us as we continue to expand the number…

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The 1st Annual Beginnings Fore Kids Golf Tournament was a huge success!  Mary and I had a great time, and we weren’t even golfing! We’ve heard that the golfers had a great time, too! 🙂  We had so many volunteers and family “recruits” and that made everything run smoothly for our first tournament.   Cocky…

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Former USC Men’s Basketball MVP Jamel Bradley to host the 1st Annual SC Beginnings Fore Kids Golf Classic to Benefit Families of Children with a Hearing Loss Jamel Bradley, a former University of South Carolina Men’s Basketball player who played from 1998-2002, is the Honorary Chairperson for the 1st Annual SC Beginnings Fore Kids Golf…

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Literally and figuratively!  We got the official letter stating that BEGINNINGS-SC is a nonprofit, registered in SC!  It is even retroactive to July 2012.  Super exciting times around Beginnings-SC!

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Groucho’s Deli is a $500 Sponsor and donated a $100 gift card for the tournament…silent auction perhaps?  MHA has claimed a Prize Hole Sponsorship with their donation! Only 2 Prize Hole sponsors left!

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BEGINNINGS-NC’s newsletter article about our SC office!  Scroll down to the bottom to find us.

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Who are the most avid golfers in our community?  The Deaf Caddyshacks–they are the first team to register.  Thanks, guys!

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We are going to have some fun on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Cobblestone Club in Blythewood! Oh, and we’ll also be raising funds to increase the capacity of BEGINNINGS-SC to serve families in SC. We are going to have a Bloody Mary bar courtesy of the Chilled Dills during registration, box lunch and goody…

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After 15 months and 12 days (yes, painfully counting) we finally received the form that we’ve been waiting for! We applied for our nonprofit determination in September 2012, with the official date of receipt at the IRS office of October 4, 2012. We expected an approval in 60-90 days. Another lesson to learn. We called…

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Wednesday night we celebrated the official 1st Anniversary for our Board of Directors!  We’ve been working with families for well over a year, but we met at the beginning of September 2012, with Mary 9 1/2 months pregnant.  We mailed off our 501c3 application on September 18, 2012 and have been (I wish I could…

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Moving information around on the website and this won’t move properly, but we wanted to keep it on the site. December 2013: BEGINNINGS-SC received a surprise donation from the St. Andrews/Irmo Sertoma Club. Scott Davis – President presenting the gift to Cara.

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