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Words Your Kid Should Know for the Holidays

December 18, 2012

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Was the night before Christmas, and all through my house, not a teacher was mixing, not even the mouse,” said with confidence by a six year old in AVT.     Mixing – stirring…..same thing.  Teacher – Creature….not quite!

GIFT GIVING WORDS Presents, gifts, ribbon, bow, gift bag, tissue paper, tape, double sided tape, tape dispenser, cards, tags, generous, Thank you, for me?, I like it (even if you don’t), surprise!

CHRISTMAS WORDS:  Celebration, December, tree, artificial tree, assemble, ornaments, garland, tinsel,  lights, colored/blinking/flashing lights, tree skirt, star, angel, electric candles, christmas cookies, Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning, Stockings, stocking stuffers, coal, decorations, holly, jingle bells, midnight, wishes

CHRISTMAS FOOD WORDS:  Cookies, carrots, milk, eggnog, cranberry sauce, feast, festival, fruitcake, goose, gravy, greens, ham, gingerbread, Guests, figgy pudding, sugar plums

SANTA WORDS:  Ho-ho-ho!, Santa, Mrs, Claus, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Papa Noel, Reindeer, Rudolph, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, hooves, elves, North Pole, sleigh, sack, sleigh bells, roof top, chimney, beard

DESCRIBING WORDS:  Awe, beautiful, Aroma, bright, lovely, cozy, freezing, glowing, glistening, homemade, jingling, jolly, merry, naughty, decorative, frosty

NATIVITY WORDS:  Manger, Stable, Inn, trough, Three Wise Men, shepherds, sheep, donkey, Mary, Joseph, the babe, infant, Christ Child, Emmanuel, Savior, Jesus, Angel, Gold, Frankinscense, Myrrh, camels, Advent, Faith, worship

HANUKKAH WORDS:  Dreidel, (nun, hey, gimmel, shin), Maccabees, menorah, Star of David, synagogue, Temple, oil, Faith, 7 days, 8 nights (counting), fire, candles, wax, gifts, presents, small presents, big presents., Latke, kugle.

NEW YEARS WORDS:  Resolution, priorities, count down, ball drop, times square, confetti, noise makers, party hats, “turn a new leaf,” “fresh start”

And if you know any Kwanza words….please add them in the comment field.

Happy Holidays!


AVT meet-up in Plymouth

July 10, 2012

We had a little Meet-Up at Nelson Park in Plymouth today.  It was so great to see everyone together!

New water-resistant cochlear implant processors make splashing even more fun!

Making new friends



Old buddies


A little baby love!


Contagious Compassion

June 28, 2012

In Auditory Verbal, we are working toward developing listening skills and language processing so that our kids can make it in a demanding Hearing world.  So, for an AVT “Real World” project, we decided that we would make Shoebox Gifts for the kids living in the local homeless shelter. The kids at Sound Speech & Hearing tackled this project with such a contagious compassion.  I am so proud of what they accomplished!

One of the quilts we packed for the new baby born in the shelter that week. (Courtesy of the Beloved Quilts organization)

When you have a hearing loss, the world can seem really rough sometimes.  Not all the time, just sometimes.  One of the ongoing conversations we have in our AVT sessions is about developing integrity and good character….even when you’re going through a rough patch. Every now and then, it helps to look outward at a bigger picture, as opposed to looking at your own challenges all the time.

We watched videos with stories of children and families who are homeless and how it can look different for different situations.  We discussed what it might feel like to live in a shelter and what freedoms would be taken away. We talked about how someone can lose their job and how that might lead to losing their house.  These are difficult topics, but in today’s economy, they are topics that are popping up more than ever.

Owen packing a box for a kid his age.

The nitty gritty of the project was listening hard to multi-step directions to organize about 25 boxes for 25 kids.  Here are some of the skills used in the project – (All directions were given Auditorily with an emphasis on utilizing Executive Function).

  1. Come up with a plan of action
  2. Write letters to ask for donations, and mail them.
  3. Organize the donations according to the age of the child
  4. Sort the boxes using fractions, division, and multiplication of large quantities
  5. Stack boxes in ascending and descending order according to age and gender
  6. Deliver the boxes to the shelter.  (Discussion of protecting the privacy of the children we see at the shelter).

Items for one of the baby boxes.

The take away was triple-fold.  The kids learned so many new skills required to tackle any big project including doing this again on their own.  They did it all using “Listening First” technique.  And they embraced themes that require empathy, compassion, and giving.  Oh – and the kids at the shelter got some really great gifts!

Elizabeth listening to directions and checking off completed boxes.

Brandon Heath sings a song call Give Me Your Eyes.  “Give me Your eyes for the broken hearted.  Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.  Give me Your eyes so I can see.”  It sums up the essences of our project with lyrics I don’t want to forget.