Our Stories - a diary of parents raising deaf and hard of hearing kids
We had our fair share of crying, maybe because we didn't know any other way to cope. But then we realized that there was an end to crying.This was when we realized that technology has a lot to offer for our little girl. More than what technology, the internet and medical science has to offer, the parents of a hearing impaired child play a very important role in helping the child develop the best person he/she can become.
We are very thankful for Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Dr. Ethel Alvarez, Dr. Norberto Martinez, Dr. Francis Dimalanta and UST CAS, Manila Hearing Aid, Ma’am Becky of St. Francis School - VSA Arts Philippines, Inc., Teacher Michelle, John Tracy Clinic Distance Education and Chatter Therapy Center and every other helpful heart who guided our way towards realizing that there is so much we can contribute for a brighter future for our daughter.
We had gone through Parent-Infant Program (our baby was 5 months old then) early and we were taught how to maximize sound reception and learning through baby and toddler activities. We were taught that it is important to learn that every interaction with our child is priceless. Every word uttered, emotion revealed, sound created and idea shared is additional information that can be building blocks for our kid’s learning process. This was what governed us and what made us decide to alter some household situations (I had to quit a job that I enjoyed to personally take care of my daughter, while my husband had to search for a better paying job, even if it meant being away most of the times.)
Now that she is 3 years old (turning 4 in June 2013) we are very proud to tell everyone that although our daughter needs her aids to hear well, this did not stop her to develop a wide range of vocabulary and exhibit good oral reading and comprehension skills at an early age. She now wears digital aids and we were told that she may not need a cochlear implant in the future because she shows great response in using behind the ear hearing aids. She continuously goes to speech therapy and enjoys playing and socializing just like any other hearing toddler. She goes to mainstream play school, but will be later on transferred to a progressive school as advised by our developmental pedia.