A conversation with FHSR Music Program Coordinator & Merit School Teacher, Sally Blandon

With all that is happening in today’s world one constant that everyone can relate to is music.  In 2019 FHSR made a commitment to bring music classes for deaf/hard of hearing children through our Music To My Ears program (MTME).  We started with Early Childhood music classes with our partners at The Old Town School of Folk Music and The Merit School of Music to provide a year of tuition-free music classes for children up to four years of age.  In 2020 we expanded our program to include a school-based program where we provide the curriculum music program at Child’s …

In Memory of FHSR founding Board Member, Louise Hart

Louise Hart, long time Board Director, passed away peacefully at her home on May 1, 2020 at the age of 99.  As a founding member of the Foundation for Hearing & Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR), Mrs. Hart helped to shape the mission of the Foundation and provided an unmatched level of commitment to helping individuals who are living with hearing loss.

Tips for Successful Virtual Learning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids

tips for home learning for DHH kids

2020 has not looked like any other year we have seen, causing parents and caregivers to wear even more hats when it comes to their children’s education.  Parents and Caregivers have become science teachers, gym teachers, lunch room helpers and art instructors (to name a few) as schools have moved to online classrooms.  With a deaf/hard of hearing child we are asking Parents and Caregivers to also become the hearing itinerate, speech language pathologist and interpreter.  As I write this my 14-year old, who was born deaf and was bilaterally implanted at 6 months of age, is attending his Freshman …

Summertime Tips for Kids with Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants

Summer time is filled with hot days and water fun! Below are some tips and tricks for maintaining cochlear implants and hearing aid equipment for kids with hearing loss throughout the warm months to avoid damage. Hearing Aids Earmold care Develop a routine for rinsing off earmolds to eliminate any sunscreen/bug spray/bubbles that may have accumulated on the molds. Remove the earmold by the tubing connected to tone hook, clean/rinse with dish soap, and let your earmold(s) air dry overnight. To ensure no moisture bubbles are lodged within tubing, use air blower (usually provided by Audiologist!) to remove any moisture …

What can parents do to help prepare their toddler for a hearing test?

Does your toddler have an upcoming hearing test with an audiologist? Here are some things you can do ahead of time to help prepare them for the experience.      1. Desensitize your child’s ears. During the audiology appointment, there is going to be a lot of attention placed on your child’s ears. If they have never had their ears touched before, the experience could be off-putting.   In the days leading up to the appointment, try playing a game of pretend ear doctor with your child.   Gently tug on the top part of their ear and look inside their ear …

Supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children from Identification to Education : Video Recording Now Available

2020 FHSR Speaker Series

The FHSR Speaker Series 2020: Supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children from Identification to Education webinar recording is now available.   Video webinar preview The original FHSR Speaker Series event occurred on February 6, 2020 at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois and featured experts in pediatric hearing loss discussing the current best practices during the journey of DHH children from identification as deaf through treatment and therapy and on to entering formal education.  Additionally, the panel shared information about new technologies/practices/research/therapies used to help deaf/hard of hearing children and their families work together with professionals to help deaf children thrive. Featured panelists included: Nancy …

Reading: It’s More Than Just the Words on a Page

You have heard it a thousand times before: Reading is one of the most important things you can do for your child! As you’re stuck in quarantine, I’m sure reading has quickly become one of your go-to activities. Reading provides children with rich language, but it’s more than reading the words on the page. It allows for things like vocabulary practice, predictions, exposure to written words, perspective taking, emotion words, and much more! I will walk you through some easy ways to engage your child and provide them with even more language! Start with the coverAsk your child to look …

Pediatric Cochlear Implant program provides support for families and professionals in today’s changing landscape

Jen Haney, Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator, has been incredibly busy in her efforts to meet the sudden needs of parents and professionals brought about by the pandemic. As professionals, therapists, and parents navigate the new normal through e-learning and teletherapy, Jen has consulted with those in need by providing resources, strategies, and recommendations on how to effectively support our cochlear implant population.  Kristen Van Dyke FHSR’s Executive Director caught up with Jen last week to talk about how she has pivoted to support both parents and professionals. This Sunday, May 17th, Lurie Children’s will be holding their annual …

FHSR Supports our community in this time of need

Greetings- on behalf of the Board of Directors and myself, we hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. As we navigate these unprecedented times, we are touched by the spirit and community that has come together to support children and families in need.  The challenges we face remind us of what is truly important – the health and well-being of our families, friends and community.  While we all look forward to when our lives return to some semblance of normalcy, we must acknowledge how this change has spurned innovation in the service world.  FHSR’s community is …

Fun and Interactive Music Activities: Ages 5-7

Finding new and exciting activities to engage your children can be difficult when you are all together all the time. Music is a universal language that can engage children and adults young and old. I’m Brooke Saywer and I’m a FHSR Associate Board member. I am also a board-certified music therapist that has worked in schools conducting music therapy sessions. I’ve put together some of my favorite music activities that can be done with the whole family – that work well for kids ages 5-7. Homemade Instruments One way to engage in a musical activity is to make your own …