Reading To Hearing Impaired Children To Pay It Forward

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Camelot Elementary School

Yesterday I visited Camelot Elementary School in Annandale VA to read a story (selected by the teachers) to hearing impaired children. Camelot is one of several elementary Fairfax County Public Schools that has specially equipped classrooms for assisting the hearing impaired with their early learning skills.

I wear a microphone and my voice is transmitted by way of an electronic wireless loop in the room. Most of the children have had cochlear implants and hear my voice through the electronic device that was implanted in their ear. As is typical of first or second graders these kids are very active and inquisitive - my reward is the hugs and smiles I get when I am finished with my story and knowing I have contributed to a young person's positive learning experience.

This is one of the activities supported by the West Springfield Rotary Club. Many of our members (myself included) have signed on as reading volunteers. It requires about an hour out of my day three times a year and I would fight anyone who tried to remove my name from the list of readers.


You can find more information about this amazing technology at the National Institue of Health site that addresses cochlear implants.

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Karen Kruschka
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Kay  Much of the new technology id helpful such as your husband's improved hearing, but much of it is useless toys

February 19, 2011 06:39 PM
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Karen:

It was very gratifying to do.  Essentially, we learned to sign for about a year.  After we were proficient enough to tackle a tour of a special exhibit, we would practice the tour script for 4 weeks and finally present the tour to a group of hearing impaired and deaf.  Then we would start all over again.  Wish I had time to work at the museum again, but I have no time now.

February 21, 2011 12:57 AM
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Cynthia Bartch
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Why am I not surprised in the least you do this Karen? LOL, I understand why you would fight anyone who took your name off the list...hugs and smiles are a memorable rewards!

February 21, 2011 09:41 AM
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Evelyn  Maybe some day your turn will come again

February 21, 2011 01:01 PM
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Cyndee  I can be a tough cookie  if you mess with my favorite community services

February 21, 2011 01:02 PM
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