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Do you want to know how to practice language skills at home with your child? Are you searching for steps to practice more language at home without taking up too much of your time? Do you dream of being able to fully communicate and connect with your child? You are in the right place! This podcast is for parents of kids with hearing loss who want to find better ways to practice language at home without it taking hours of your time. This podcast will teach you how to fit language practice into ...
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This is a really special one today! I got to sit down with the author of Mighty Mila, Katie Petruzziello! Katie and I chatted about how she chose books as a medium to spread positive awareness of deafness, helping your child learn to advocate for themselves in simple ways and how to step into leadership roles in our communities. Katie brings such g…
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Is summer with kids already getting away from you? It gets super busy all of a sudden when the kids are all home, and if we aren’t careful language practice can definitely fall by the wayside during the summer! However, the summer can also be a really great time to practice language a lot with your deaf or hard of hearing child! Today we’re going t…
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As a parent of a child with hearing loss, it can be challenging to know how to encourage your child’s language development. However, you know it’s important to start to strengthen those language skills early! Today I’m going to give you 3 of my favorite play- based activities that I use to help my kids practice more language everyday. ********* Gra…
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Welcome to the midweek minisode! This week I'm talking about why sensory input is actually a big deal for kids with hearing loss, and what I noticed in my own kids that your therapists are likely NOT telling you about sensory needs for deaf or hard of hearing children! ********** Get the Sensory Activity Play Guide here --> https://alainejacobs.myf…
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Congratulations! You made it this far in the process of getting cochlear implants for your child, and now you are almost to the cochlear implant surgery day. Getting this far is a big milestone. One that was filled with evaluation appointments, a life- changing diagnosis and making decisions about which cochlear company to choose. You have already …
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Visual systems- are you doing them yet? These are so easy to put together and have been a game- changer in our house for communication with all of our kids! When kids are learning language, and especially when they are younger, language is going to break down and then frustrations are going to happen. Using visual systems in your home is a great wa…
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In this episode I talk about our decision to get both of my kids cochlear implants, how I felt cochlear implants were "marketed" to us, and the one thing that I wish I knew BEFORE getting cochlear implants for my kids. If you are considering cochlear implants for your child, I hope this episode encouraged you and gave you some good information to t…
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This episode is a next step from episode number 63 last week. This week we’re taking the answers to those questions that we asked last week and we’re turning them into a simple communication plan so that your entire family can bond and connect through language at home! I’m going to walk you through the entire process, and for this episode you’ll ne…
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Are you overwhelmed with all of the decisions that it takes to raise a child with hearing loss? Are people and organizations constantly contacting you about your child? It can be a lot, especially at the beginning of raising a deaf or hard of hearing child. By doing this one thing you can instantly change the way that you see this mountain of decis…
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We have such a great episode and a special guest for you today! My guest on the podcast episode today is Charlotte Haggie. Charlotte has a 2.5% globally ranked podcast called The Managing Mum, where she helps working moms who are seeking balance in their life between working and raising your kids. Charlotte is also a balance and boundaries coach, a…
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Today, we're going to talk about something that you’ve probably never thought about before, but you 100% need to communicate effectivly with your child. And that’s creating a communication plan for your family! Everyone talks about what language our child is going to talk, and no one tells parents of kids with hearing loss that what they actually n…
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Hearing loss is something that you likely didn’t expect. You probably had a lot of expectations around what hearing loss would be like in your child, and I can assure you it will turn out differently from what you expected. Today I’m going to share a little about our own hearing loss journey with our boys and tell you what I expected when I learned…
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Do you feel like you are so far behind in helping your child with hearing loss learn language skills? Does it feel like everyone in the world knows more than you do about raising your own child? Friend, I want to encourage you today that you are NOT falling behind! You are the perfect mom for your child and you are exactly where you need to be. Tod…
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A few of our facebook group members have asked some really great questions recently, and one of those questions is, “knowing if my child can hear me or not?” That’s a question that I get asked a lot. How do I know that my deaf or hard of hearing child is hearing me, and do I know if my child is understanding me? Hearing and understanding are two to…
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One of our Raising Deaf Kids Facebook group members said, “Currently, we are struggling at bedtime and waking up without his CI.” Bedtime can be a little difficult with kids with cochlear implants or hearing aids because they typically don’t sleep with these on, and so if your child wakes in the middle of the night or isn’t easy to get to sleep, th…
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Teaching your child language is tiring! As a parent you want your child to learn languae quickly... but what if it happens slower than you expected? Today on the podcast we're going to explore how to have patience and endurance while in the middle of language learning with your deaf or hard of hearing child. ********** Galatians 5:22 --> https://ww…
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One of our members of the Raising Deaf Kids Facebook group said, “we don't know a lot of sign language both of us, My current struggle is feeling we don't have enough language to communicate.” Do you feel like you’re in that middle part of communication where your deaf or hard of hearing child just can’t communicate yet? Do you both feel frustrated…
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I know that if you’re new to hearing loss you are most likely seeing multiple therapists or interventionists during the week. This takes up a large part of your schedule each week just getting therapies for your child! And every specialist wants you to take advantage of their services. How do you balance it all in your week? Today we’re going to ta…
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Are you burned out and overwhelmed as a busy mom? Are you looking for ways to add more self care into your schedule so that you can recharge your own batteries? Showing up for our families is SO important! Today we're going to talk about 5 simple ways that you can recharge your own batteries in a way that fits into your busy schedule. ********** Co…
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Do you have a very active child who doesn’t seem to want to sit still and practice any language skills? Having a deaf or hard of hearing child with ADHD makes language learning a little different, and requires us to be more creative about finding ways to practice speech and language goals with our kids. Today we’re going to talk about how to get yo…
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As a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child, you’ve probably been offered or exposed to sign language, and you might be wondering if it’s something that you want to dive into with your child. I’m going to be straightforward with you and tell you that learning sign language has amazing benefits for your child AND it does also take a certain amoun…
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Today we're going to talk about how to support your deaf or hard of hearing child at home through simple things that you can incorporate today to make hearing and listening easier! ********** Love the midweek minisode? Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get even more quick tips from me --> https://alainejacobs.myflodesk.com/raisingdeafkids Connec…
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Are you working on speech therapy goals or language goals with your child, and you just wish that the process would go faster? Maybe you’re longing for a time when you can truly communicate with your child without language barriers. I’m on the podcast today to tell you that it’s possible! You can boost your child’s language skills and help them lea…
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You know what I hate? Things that suck out my time! It’s the worst when you have all of these plans to get all the things done, and then 3 hours gets sucked away. You’re left feeling guilty for wasting the time and frusterated because now you can’t get the stuff done that you really wanted to! Well my friend that stops today! Today I’m going to sha…
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My thoughts about how the way that you spend your time is DEEPLY connected to your values and mission in life. And how to make sure that you are spending your time with intention each day. ******** Join the Take Control of Your Time workshop in the Facebook group on April 30! facebook.com/groups/raisingdeafkids Love the midweek minisode? Sign up fo…
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Have you been wanting to learn ASL for your deaf or hard of hearing child, but there are so many options and you just get overhwelmend trying to choose? Have you tried a few options and they didn’t move the needle on your language learning? As a former foreign language teacher, one thing I know is how to learn another language! Today I’m going to w…
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I know that you are SUPER busy, so I’ll make this one quick! You want to support your child’s language development and get those language skills boosted… but you’re tired. And busy. And you’re doing all the things. What’s a mom to do and how do we add yet another thing into our busy schedules? Today I’m going to give you 3 tips about how you can st…
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How I was able to say YES to popsicles for dinner with my kids...and tips about how you can do this too! ********** Send me an email and let me know which popsicle recipe you made, and if you said YES to popsicles for dinner at hello@raisingdeafkids.com Yummy, healthy popsicle recipes at (my kids recommend the strawberry recipe) https://www.yummyto…
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Are you struggling to strike a balance of how long to practice speec therapy goals or language skills tat home with your child? It can be confusing to know how much practice you should be putting in daily with your child to see results! Today I’m going to clarify how long you should be practicing speech at home on a daily basis. ********* I just wa…
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Time is such a powerful tool to use! I know it’s hard to think of it as a tool, because most of us don’t use this tool efficiently or effectively. Time can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on the side that you’re on! But what if I told you that time can be your greatest asset in language learning for your child, if you know how to…
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Welcome to this week's Midweek Minisode! Today, what I wanted to talk to you about is a question that I wanted to ask you. And my question would be, would you ask God to heal hearing loss? Listen for my answer! ********** Do you love these random yet fun minisodes? Then you will love the RDK Weekly Quick Tips that I send out every Monday morning to…
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Have you been trying to get your child to practice their speech therapy goals, but they just aren’t motivated to do it? They would rather be playing or do anything else than practicing with you right now! Well that struggle comes to an end today as we talk about how to implement an easy reward system that will help your child get more excited about…
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We talk about language skills a lot on this podcast, but how much are you considering HOW you talk to your child and WHAT You are saying to your child? Lacy Wood of Alabama Hands and Voices and founder of Little People Big Feelings is on the podcast today to teach us about how to talk to your child in a way that supports them socially and emotional…
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I see you, parents out there, you have so many goals and things that you want to do with your kids, and then at the end of the day you feel like you got nothing done all day. You are constantly living in the deficit of time and always saying that you don’t have enough time to do anything- the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, the groceries, the l…
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Do you feel like you’re climbing a huge mountain and can’t see the top of it? Maybe you worry that you have zero answers for raising your kids and you’re just winging it day to day. Well, friend, you aren’t alone! Your story is the story of thousands of parents just like you! But I want to let you in on a little secret today- you already everything…
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Have you been trying one language strategy for a few months, and you aren’t seeing a lot of language progress in your child? This could be due to a natural stall in language expression, or your communication mode might not be working for your child. In today’s episode I’m going to coach you through how to tell the difference between a stall versus …
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Do you feel like your child is learning language, but you’re not sure they are comprehending it? Language learning is a two step process, and listening and comprehending are two different skills. Today we’re going to talk strategies about how to help your child with hearing loss boost their comprehension of language! ********** Friend, I invite you…
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Do you feel like you need to constantly be talking to your deaf or hard of heaing kids so that they practice language? Or maybe you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and you can’t figure out when to practice those speech goals during the day? Today I’m going to teach you my 1:1:3 method of practicing speech goals in your daily routine, which t…
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Do you dread the next IEP meeting coming up? Do you already feel that sense of protection of your kid against the IEP team? The truth is you are going to be working together with your child’s IEP team maybe for awhile, so it’s important to get on the same page and be able to work together to support your child in school. Today we’re gonna talk abou…
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Are you totally overwhelmed right now about what language to even start teaching your child? Should you start with LSL and ASL right away? As parents new to hearing loss with your child, there are a few things that you need to decide on now to give your child the best success at learning language faster. We’re going to go over how to pick a languag…
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Do you have the best intentions of practicing speech therapy goals right after the speech therapy session? Like, you come out all ready for a new week, new goals…and then a week goes by and you have to sheepishly go to your speech therapist and admit that you didn’t actually practice that week? We’ve all been there! The week goes by fast with kids …
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Are you wondering how to boost your child’s language learning a bit? You were maybe told to just talk to your kids but that doesn’t seem like enough? For deaf and hard of hearing kids that is actually NOT enough! We have to be intentional about how we’re teaching them language. Today I have my favorite 3 language strategies that will boost your dea…
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Today I have the best chat, one of my favorites yet! We're talking to Sarah Osher of Mighty and Bright. And we're talking all about visual schedules. Her company, Mighty Bright, creates visual schedules with the best, most high quality magnets that have reusable stickers. And we're going to talk all about what a visual schedule is, what it does for…
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Do you feel constantly confused about what decisions to make for your child? Do you often feel that you don't know how to make the best decisions for your deaf or hard of hearing child? If you are doubting and second guessing yourself when it comes to decision making with your child, then you might want to take a second look at the providers and pr…
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Are you cranky because you were up with a toddler at night who would rather have a prty than go to sleep? Can’t get your child out of your bed and getting kicked in the back by a toddler all night? A sleep deprived parent is a cranky parent, and I’m so thankful that we have Melanie Duval to get us some sleep and save our sanity! Melenie has over 26…
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Have you been struggling with getting your child to want to practice their speech therapy homework or goals? You are definitely not alone! I remember when I used to struggle with getting my kids to WANT to practice their speech therapy "homework". That is, until I figured out this too-easy-to-work strategy that got my kids to practice speech therap…
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Are you feeling at a loss when it comes to school IEPs and accommodations for your DHH child? Maybe you’re having a hard time communicating with your IEP team? If the answer was yes to these questions, then this podcast episode is for you! I’m so exited to bring you this episode where I sit down and chat with Dr. Joyce Kennedy all about school acco…
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I’ve been talking to a lot of parents lately who feel a lot of guilt about either late identifying their deaf or hard of hearing child, or not giving their child enough language sooner. I know this journey with hearing loss was probably not what you expected and there have been a lot of challenges along the way. I want to talk today about why we ar…
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Are you feeling confused about what language modality to use in your home? It can be overwhelming to make this decision, and as parents we often fret and worry over this exact decision. Today on the podcast I have Lacey Wood who talks with me about what are the different language modalities that you can choose from and how to make the best decision…
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Today I’m going to talk about a topic that I see come up literally every day in different Facebook groups. Parents are always super concerned that their kids who have cochlear implants or hearing aids have been in speech therapy for a few months, and their child still isn’t talking yet. I know that can be super frustrating! Today we are going to ta…
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