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STORMS IN LIFE WILL RAGE...become who God made you to be and allow Him to PREPARE you for your PURPOSE.
You know what I’m talking about. That call from your doctor with less than perfect news, or the fight with your spouse, or sibling rivalry drop down, drag out fights. These are normal, every day things that happen to everyone. Everyday people find out someone they love has died. Everyday people find out their car repairs are the upwards of $1500. Everyday, people find out they lost their job.
But there’s something different when you add to the mix, raising special needs children. I have two special needs kids. My daughter Lexi, most of you know, is bilaterally deaf. She is a cochlear implant recipient. Lexi seems to be like every other kid, talks like every other kid, acts like every other kid…but what you don’t see is the complete and total mental exhaustion from listening thru a device all day. You don’t see the hours we spend dissecting language or pre-teaching vocabulary before it’s taught in class. You don’t see how we spend time on a grease board teaching her softball and basketball plays because she processes sound & information differently. You don’t see the hours spent working with Learning Services to coordinate her needs. And you don’t see the time she spends in tutoring because she missed out on two years of language....
What happens when a child is void of SOUND and LANGUAGE? How do you navigate the school-age time when delays start to rear their ugly heads again? This is for YOU.
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Whether there are issues like what we faced with Lexi and use of her hearing technology, parents/coaches upset over bad calls or a child who has inherited a bad coach....I think NOW is a very good time to remind EVERYONE why we have our children play athletics.
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I knew it would come. The day my daughter faced some sort of discrimination for two things. First, the fact that she may sit your child down with three strikes, or she may block their shot. And two, the helicopter parent that question the use of a device that allows her to HEAR on the field as a mask for what’s really bothering the parent.. their child just struck out. Awful sounding, right? But it happened to Lexi.
I authored this piece as a BLUEPRINT for everyone with hearing loss and deafness to know how to handle the situation. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS & what to do if it happens to you or your child!
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Experiencing Hearing Loss
Lexi and her parents estimate that she was born with hearing loss; however, they didn't have a definitive answer until she was 14 months old. Lexi never received a newborn hearing screening and the tests following that were inconclusive. Finally, when she was 10 months old, Lexi's dad knew something wasn't right, and she was diagnosed with hearing loss four months later.
"My parents are the reason we finally found out I was deaf and they thought cochlear implants were the best option for me live a very normal life," says Lexi. "Boy were they right!
I have no idea what life was like before I had my cochlear implants because I was a baby and don't really remember. But I can tell you what it's like now when I take off my cochlear implants! When I have them on I can hear my friends laugh, the sound of a basketball dribble, and my coach talking to me. When they are off, I get peace and quiet from my brother."
Even at her young age, Lexi has accomplished so much with the help of her cochlear implants.
"With my cochlear implants, I have accomplished being able to use speech and to talk," she says. "I play on two sports teams where I'm a center in basketball and fast pitch pitcher in softball. I love singing and music, and I get to go to a regular school.
Better hearing has helped Lexi excel in her own life, and now she and her family pass that gift onto others!
"My mom started a charity called Songs for Sound," says Lexi. "We serve all over the USA with a free hearing clinic and I get to volunteer there when it's in Tennessee. But my favorite mission work was when we went to a deaf school in Jamaica. We gave all the kids at the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf their first hearing tests and hearing aids! I got to teach a boy to talk and use his voice! He was repeating sentences after me."
Why Lexi is a HearStrong Champion
Lexi is a HearStrong Champion because she has made it a priority in her life to help others with hearing loss get the treatment they need and feel confident in their hearing devices.
When asked how she feels about being a HearStrong Champion, Lexi says, "I feel so happy because I can help others! I don't want anyone to feel scared when they get their hearing aids or cochlear implants turned on. I want to tell them, 'It's okay! Don't be afraid! You are good.'"
Songs for Sound, your Nashville-based and very patriotic hearing charity, urges you to protect your family's ears this July 4th holiday season!
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