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Lots of NEWs at Chattering Children

Chattering Children has a new logo.
We have a new project on GlobalGiving and will be a featured non-profit on GG’s homepage Thursday, October 18. Be sure to Like us on Facebook!
Chattering Children welcomes new staff member.
October is Audiology Awareness month–see The New York Times article below.



Chattering Children 
redesigned its logo with a fresh, clean look and to better align with our partner organization, The River School. Thanks to American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA) for donating the design services!


New Project for Infants on GlobalGiving

Chattering Children will be featured on GlobalGiving’s homepage on Thursday, October 18. It is a special opportunity to be a featured non-profit so please share the GlobalGiving link with your friends and family so they can learn about our new crowdfunding project to raise funds to become a Diagnostic Center and provide hearing evaluations to at-risk infants in DC. Members of our community know how important it is for infants to receive diagnostics, counseling and intervention as early as possible. Learn more about our new project.

Please help spread the word!
Our new crowdfunding campaign getting started now! GlobalGiving will share our cause with many more potential donors across the country and around the world, but we also need your help spreading the word. Help us make a difference in the lives of many more infants who need diagnostic evaluations.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Email Chattering Children’s GlobalGiving project to your family, friends, colleagues and anyone who you think might be able to support our project.
  2. Make a gift of $25 or more to help us reach our goal.
  3. Follow and like the Chattering Children Facebook and Instagram pages.
  4. Share our Facebook posts about the project on YOUR Facebook page.

Welcome to New Member of our Team

Neville St. Aubin started this week as Office Manager and Billing Coordinator. She has many years of experience and will be replacing Veronica Sabogal Kramer, who is retiring after 11 years at Chattering Children. Veronica won’t be a stranger as she will be coming each week to bring her daughter as a patient!


NY Times Article Highlights CI Technology

October is Audiology Awareness Month! The New York Times recently ran an article featuring individuals with hearing loss who starred in The Listening Project documentary, highlighting the incredible impact of cochlear implant technology and auditory training.


Parent-to-Parent Connections

Having a child with hearing loss is an experience people can only understand from having lived through it themselves. Parents of newly identified children can be overwhelmed at the idea of navigating this new world that they may have never realized existed. On top of that, they still must care for a newborn baby! It is important for families to connect with one another and share their experiences. Henderson, Johnson and Moodie (2014) suggest parents of children with hearing loss need to provide each other with empowerment (confidence and competence) by problem solving, engagement and decision-making within relationships with other parents who have been “in the trenches” raising a child who is deaf/hard of hearing.

The Washington DC metro area has a plethora of resources for families. We will be spotlighting a few of these resources over time so families can be aware of outlets that are available to them in order to understand they are not alone in their experiences.

Today’s Spotlight:  Hands & Voices

The DC/Maryland Chapter of Hands & Voices is a community resource for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, of all ages! Members include families who use either manual or oral communication (or both!), representing the variety of approaches to and experiences with hearing loss or deafness. Hands & Voices also has a program called Guide By Your Side which connects families with trained Parent Guides for parent support. Hands & Voices will be hosting a Donut Social this Sunday, September 30, 2018. It is open to DC, Maryland, and Virginia families. See the picture below for details.

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References: 

Guide by Your Side. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.handsandvoices.org

Henderson, R., Johnson, A., & Moodie, S. (2014). Parent-to-Parent Support for Parents with Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Conceptual Framework. American Journal of Audiology, (4):437-48.

Information about Hands & Voices. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.handsandvoices.org