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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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Wow, Karen...I've never heard of this electronic wireless technology that allows hearing-impaired children to be able listen to stories! Thanks for sharing this with us and I can see how this "little" thing can mean so much for you to do 3x per year...being the recipient of all those hugs and smiles is just PRICELESS! :)

Leilani

February 19, 2011 02:29 PM #1
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Leilani  I wouldn't miss it for anything unless it was a family emergsency

February 19, 2011 03:19 PM #2
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Karen:

Wonderful work.  The kids are truly lucky to have you and the Rotary Club.  A few years back I was a docent at our local museum for the hearing impaired.  We signed for special exhibits for the deaf and hearing impaired.  It was great.  I loved it.  I am quickly loosing my signing skills, unfortunately.  I just don't have the time.  We spend about 8 to 10 hours preparing for each exhibit.  So rewarding.

February 19, 2011 04:00 PM #3
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Evelyn  I wish I knew how to sign - it is a wonderful way to contribute to your community.  8 to 10 hours per exhibit is quite a challenge

February 19, 2011 04:32 PM #4
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Karen, I couldn't figure out how you would be able to read to the children.  These children had such a great advantage over children in our generation.  My hubby just received a new set of "ears" this week and is hearing so much better than before....he now has bluetooth and can answer the phone from his hearing aids.

February 19, 2011 05:22 PM #5
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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 #6
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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 #7
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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!

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Evelyn  Maybe some day your turn will come again

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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 #10
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