Tuesday, January 8

We Got Our Groove Back

Things are finally starting to come together. We found our routine and we are on the ground running. The girls are getting their chores completed, homework is being done, we are even finding extra time to spend together as a family a couple days a week. We started cooking at home more which I think has actually somehow given us more time. Someone told me that deaf child have a hard time with kitchen items, so we are working on getting to know spatulas, skillets, ladle, etc. We are having fun and trying to teach some of those words that may be difficult for Rebecca.

The weather has been unusually warm here so we have also been able to go bike riding, ride scooters & walk around our neighborhood.

I bought a "Life Is Good" t-shirt the other day. I wore it out when we went grocery shopping which is where most people stare at our sign language. I thought it was funny because most of the times I get the "aww...poor family" look and I'm standing there in a Life Is Good t-shirt. I loved it, our life is good.

I saw a video the other day on line and it really opened my eyes about textile sign language. I had a vision of it being more in the hand not moving arms around, I feel much more confident about the language and teaching my daughter this eventually. The link to the video is http://ffh.films.com/PreviewClipFramed.aspx?id=10662

Please check it out!

There was also this local article that I thought was great! http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2008/01/04-004.html

Have a great day!!


Dianrez said...

That's very perceptive of you to notice the difference between signing in the hands as used by Deaf people who were culturally Deaf before losing their sight, and fingerspelling in the hand done by those who were both deaf and blind from early childhood.

I first learned about this from Kerry Wadman, a Canadian coordinator of services for the deaf-blind in Toronto. He kept encouraging me to sign, rather than fingerspell only, although he was expert at receiving both systems. His Usher's syndrome did not deprive him of useable sight until early adulthood, as often happens with many Usher's Deaf people.

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Karen said...

Life is definitely good!

I used to work with a consumer who was deaf blind for several years. She and I would take many walks around her neighborhood each time she obtained a new guide dog. I always enjoyed my time with her.