Monday, February 29, 2016

Tonight's Class

  There was so much that I wanted to say tonight. I'm so glad that I was finally able to make it to class, at the best time. What we talked about is something I am currently dealing with. My youngest son who will be two in April, was 'diagnosed' with Chronic Otitis Media and something the doctor brought up offended me and my husband. He stated that ''Autism" may be in the works for him. An Ear, Throat, Nose doctor.. trying to put a possible label on my child. Unprofessional, right? Anyways, an ABR was scheduled (which I canceled it because I cannot go through with putting my child to sleep), and First Steps was referred. I am so thankful that Mica was able to talk to us tonight. It has really helped my nerves as well as our discussions as a class. To answer the question again tonight, why start early? If my child who is delayed in speech doesn't get the help he needs, hearing disability or not.. starting early will enable him to an easier and better life. We all want our children to thrive, if something is keeping them from thriving.. we need to help them over that bump in the road so they can be successful as individuals. :) I wanted to share.

Reply to this weeks blog post

I really enjoyed having Clyde visit our classroom this past week. He brought up a lot of interesting points that I hadn't considered before. One point that was a lot of interest to me was the need for presenting material in ASL and English, especially if your tests will be in English.
And a side note, when I try to comment on this weeks post it won't let me, and I have to create a new post. Does anyone know how to fix this?


Hello all, my name is Ashley Rose (I have just now figured out this whole blog thing so I do apologize for the lateness of my posts).  I am from KY, a little more than an hour south of Richmond.  I am thinking about either becoming an art or mathematics teacher (its so hard to choose).  Lastly, my hobby is crocheting.  I learned to crochet before I was even in double digits (age wise) from my wonderful granny and I have been doing so ever since!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Individuals with hard of hearing or deafness who succeed.

      The reason for this post is I wanted to see if any of you personally know of someone with the disability, who has succeeded with something in their life. My little cousin who is eight, was diagnosed with the disability when he was two. At the same age I was when I was diagnosed. He won first in the hard of hearing spelling bee! I also know of an individual who competed in pageants and was in the runner up and she wears hearing aids as well. Such inspirations!

KSD Academic Bowl

I am so sorry that I did not get around and get pictures of all of the AMAZING students in this class that were at the Academic Bowl.  YOU ALL ROCK!!!!!

Academic Bowl

So for those of us who went to the academic bowl, did you get to view any matches, did you enjoy it, what jobs did you volunteer for? I went on Friday and I loved it. I was able to view a couple of matches and they were so interesting. One even went into two extra rounds because the teams couldn't break the tie! What are your thoughts on the experience?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

11 Language Abilities of the Deaf

Here are the 11 ways that Deaf Individuals may receive/access language or produce language that Clyde talked about and many of you mentioned in your posts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Weekly Discussion

Hey guys so in class we had Clyde come and talk to us about teaching in the classroom. So for this weeks post what is one thing you learned and one thing that you found interesting from Clyde's presentation. Thanks guys :)

Monday, February 22, 2016

If my child became deaf

My fist concern would be if they were otherwise healthy. Depending on how they became deaf, they could have other health issues. If they were otherwise healthy and only deaf, I think that I would try to figure out how deaf they were: fully deaf, hard of hearing, had more hearing in one ear than the other. Once I figured that out, if they were fully deaf, I would contact first steps and some of my Deaf friends to help me out and figure out exactly what I need to do to give my child language (or language back if this was postlingual deafness). I would make sure that they were surrounded by Deaf people in the community and getting everything they need (that I can’t provide) from these Deaf individuals. If my child was able to wear a hearing aid and actually benefit from it, I would probably fit them for one (or two if that was an option) and depending on their language skills (if he/she was older then working with the hearing aids would probably be important for them) we would go through the steps and hard work that comes after trying to get used to hearing aids. If my child was younger then I might not even bother with hearing aids and just start immersing them into the Deaf culture, community, and language and when they became older, if they wanted hearing aids then that is an option we would have.

Actions I Would Take

If I found out that my child was deaf or hard of hearing when he/she was born, I would continue learning sign language immediately and then I would find the best advisors and resources that I could find in helping me with the process. I would make sure that my family would start learning sign language and learning more about deaf individuals. I would consider schools and other resources for my child later down the road. I would absolutely let my child later on for himself/herself if they wanted a cochlear implant but I would talk to them about environmental hazards and other situations that might occur if they decide not to get one. I would make sure my child went to a deaf school that way they could be immersed into ASL and they would be provided with all of the help that they would need.
Okay question for everyone...

Does it bother you when parents send there child to a deaf school and the child becomes fluent in ASL. The parent refuse to learn sign language for their child. I completely understand if you physical cant.
If I found out that my child was Deaf I would teach he/she ASL and also my family. I would learn more about the Deaf Culture and community. I would wait until my child is old enough to decide if he/she wants cochlear implants. I would consider cochlear implants for safety reason but it up to my child. The only thing I am concerned about is will my extended family learn sign for my child?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

My primary concern would be communication with extended family. I would be lucky since I know ASL and my mom is also fluent so she could help me teach the rest of the family but it would still be challenging because no one will probably become fully fluent. If I lived near a quality Deaf school then I would have my child go there and develop a solid Deaf identity. I would not make the decision of a cochlear implant for my child but instead let him or her make that decision on their own when they are older. It seems to be a daunting task to raise a deaf child but with an open mind and the proper support I am sure that everything would work out just fine.
My primary concern for my Deaf child would be communication. Are my ASl skills good enough to present the baby with a full language model? When that child grows up, will they feel connected with their parents? Will I be able to communicate with them well enough to talk about complex things such as abstract ideas and other things that come up in conversation? That sort of thing. I would just be worried about making language connections with the child.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

If I were a parent and I had just learned that my child was deaf, the first thing I would do is research their condition and learn as much as I could about it. Are there treatments available? Should I look into a cochlear implant or hearing aids? Next, I would figure out how I was going to communicate with my child. Should I learn ASL? How would I teach it to my child? Also what is the best educational option?  Would it going to a school for the deaf or special education in a mainstream school be better? I would want to know all of my options so that my child could have the best life possible.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hey Everyone!
This week we talked about the different reactions and decisions parents have. This week, we'd like for you to put yourself into the shoes of the parents who just received news that their child was Deaf. What would be your first and primary concern? What measures would you take? We'd love to see your point of view! Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Question for y'all would

Ménière's Disease

fall under environment or genetic deafness? Although you can't fully go deaf just your hearing becomes so bad that its hard to recognize speech.

Watch These Hands

 Here's a video to prepare you for Chapter 9 on ASL.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I need a group!!!

Hey everyone! I am still without a group. If anyone needs an extra or would like to have me join their group please let me know. I can do anything to contribute that I need to.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Better Late Than Never

My name is Chelsey and I will be graduating in May with a bachelor's in psychology and a minor in special education. I am not the most tech savvy person and that will be painfully obvious as the semester continues, so be patient with me. So far, I like the class and am most excited about volunteering at the Academic Bowl. I have zero background with deaf education so this is completely new to me. Even the most simple concepts such as how to arrange the classroom, is new to me. Every class I learn something new, which is exciting to me.
On a more personal note, I work at work at the Pregnancy Help Center in downtown Richmond, I have been married for 5 1/2 years to my high school sweetheart, and I commute 45 minutes one way from Jackson County. I have loved my time here at EKU but am excited to move on to the next chapter in my life. 


Many of you included in your Exit Slips the benefit the SPACE the Noel Studio provided to your learning experience last night. Yes, I read your emails and will be working to use the ideas you shared.

I understand a night class can be challenging and limited space adds to that. I contacted Kay Thurman today in the Special Education Department who graciously helped to locate an alternate classroom.  We will now be meeting in SCIBD 4105.  See you there on Monday! 

Student Projects

Okay guys! So it's project time and we all know that some of us are a little worried when it comes to group projects. So for this week lets all take a look at some of the concerns we have and look at what were most/least excited about. We've all seen some of the examples of last years group video projects on Blackboard so lets show them what we can do and all work together to make this years projects the best and most inspiring to students. 
Who knows maybe Cathy will make us all vanilla milkshakes when this is all over. I vote yes to that, who else thinks we should all get vanilla milkshakes when this is all said and done or do you have another preference? 

Have a great week guys!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Group members.

   I do not have a group yet. If there is anyone who would like to team up with me, please let me know! If you want to email me, let me know who you are that way I do not delete in by mistake. Email is

Introduction of myself.

Better late than never.
I apologize that this is so late, I have had technical difficulties with our computers and my phone to try downloading this image. 
As you see, I do wear hearing aids and I'm eager to learn from this class. If I seem too quiet and kept to myself, I'm not mean or anything.. I am just a listener. :)
My family resides in McKinney, KY.
My husband and I have been married since 07/13/13. 
We have three children, which one is in Heaven.. our late daughter.
Currently expecting our third boy in June! 
I am set to graduate in May to become an Elementary teacher, will be starting my Masters this summer and then my Rank 1 in counseling. 
Glad to have met everyone! 
Good luck to you!

Group project

Hey all, I am still without a group for our project. If there is anyone who needs an extra in there group or if you don't have a group either please let me know.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


OH MY GOODNESS I had the hardest time figuring this out. A huge thank you to Jeremiah Winchester for explaining it to me. Ok, my stupidity aside, I'm Victoria and I'm a 22 years old. I'm from Rowan County, where all the Kim Davis drama went down, so that might explain the "No H8" picture. This is my fourth year here at Eastern and I have changed my major so many times I don't think I will get out of here. I'm expecting my first child in late August, keep your fingers crossed for a girl, that's what my family, myself and my boyfriend are hoping for. I find out the sex of my baby next month, so I'll keep you posted. I love history and have a weird obsession with The Holocaust, the Anne Frank quote in the picture is one of my favorites. In my free time I love to be outside in the woods, either hiking, taking pictures or just listening to nature.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Okay, so according to my picture, I'm 6 years old, I wear a giant pink bow in my hair, and I have club feet.  But really, my name is Morgan Hadley and I am 21 years old in reality.  One of my passions is swimming, so when I outgrew my teams, I started coaching.  I now have a summer league team of 120 kids, ages 4-18 that I coach.  I love it so so much and working with all my amazing kids is really what made me want to become a teacher.  I am a junior, but this is my first year at Eastern.  I transferred from Dayton, Ohio where I am from.  The ring is because this past July I got engaged to my best friend and we are deep into wedding planning (fun but a bit overwhelming!).  We are getting married in August, so next semester I'll be Morgan Adkins!  The little person to the left is my not-so-little brother, Dylan (he's a senior in high school).  I miss him bunches!  I go to Vineyard Community Church in Richmond and love it there, I work as a Jimmy John's delivery driver, and I love to read!That's pretty much me in a nut shell!
Hi guys, I had a little bit of a difficult time figuring out how to accept the blog invitation, so my post is a tad bit late.
My name is Heather Grizzell, I am from Danville, Kentucky. I just transferred to Eastern this semester from UK. I am a travel addict, I spent last spring semester studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and it was such an enriching experience! I am also a CODA, so both of my parents are deaf and growing up so involved with the deaf community has impacted me in so many ways from what I want to do with my career to what I am involved in today!  (DCH) drawn above stands for Deaf Child Hope which is a small  nonprofit Christian organization that I have an internship with. I am majoring in Elementary education and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education as well as minoring in ASL. I have a slight obsession with boiled cabbage, forgive my poor drawing skills! :/   I'm excited to get to know you all and see what this class teaches me this semester!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 2 - Surprised to Learn?

Hey everyone! So we discussed a lot of important events today in class that lead to the Deaf and hard of hearing education that we know today. Personally I thought I had a pretty good understanding of Deaf history but today I realized I did not know half of it! I had no idea that other countries had their own Deaf histories as well. I thought that France started it all. Is there anything we learned tonight that you all were surprised to learn?
Hello I'm Molly Campbell I'm a 19. I am from Ludlow Falls, Ohio. My major is Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. My favorite thing to do is bake.
Hello, my name is Megan and I'm 19 soon to be 20. I am from London, KY. I'm an only child but I have been babysitting for a family with 4 kids for 6 years now so I consider them my siblings. I am a sophomore and an OT major with a minor in ASL and spend all of my free time watching Netflix. I have been on 2 mission trips so far, Arizona and Haiti, with another trip to Haiti in planning and hopefully one to Mexico and then Africa within the next few years.