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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  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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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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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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