Location: Des Moines, Washington, United States

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rachel at ASL class

My daughter and I go to the high school American Sign Language class every year, to talk about cochlear implants. She has a speech she reads, then I talk about hearing, how she lost hers, why we chose the implant for her, and what needs to happen after implantation for her to learn how to hear. I put the camera in video mode and filmed her speech. It is about 4 minutes long.


Blogger Val said...

How smart!! Listen to her! I can't wait, this year I think my son (he'll be seven) will be old/mature enough to do my speeches w/me. It's a great visual to have your little props w/you. Go Rachel! Go Mom!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Conscripted Cherry said...

Rachel- you have wonderful poise and presence-

5:40 PM  
Blogger orangehands said...

can't seem to hear it (it just won't play on my laptop for some reason) but i'm sure she was excellent

10:24 PM  
Blogger orangehands said...

hey, it finally worked for me* (don't ask me* what changed cause i have no clue).

yep, she was excellent.

but i hope she keeps signing so she doesn't lose it. i stopped signing and i've lost most (ok, almost all) of what i knew, which is one of the biggest shames

1:41 AM  
Blogger gkirsch said...

That's a great video. Our daughter Emma had meningitis at 18 months old and has had her implant for almost 10 years. Are you on the menicircle? Here is a video of Emma in a play with the No Limits Theater Group for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children. Emma is on the right.

6:27 AM  
Blogger K.L. said...

That was a great video. I'm not on the meni circle just because I had to limit myself to one. So I'm on the CI circle.

Your daughter did great and so did the other girl. It sure is amazing how well they can do.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful! A lovely girl, and very "together" as the kids say. Attagirl, both of you!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

What a great speech and she gave it so well.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Merry said...


My sister-in-law just got cochlear implants. After 60 years of not hearing very well (almost completely deaf), she's having to adjust to hearing almost as well as I do.

It's a nerve-wracking experience for her... the smallest sound will have her jumping in her seat, twisting around to say "what was that?"

After she has identified the sound, she'll file it in her memory, but at this stage there's a new sound every minute or so. It's hard at her age to have to suddenly discover so much so quickly.

I'm glad your daughter had this when she was very young. She does speak very well.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Cristin said...

I can't believe how perfect her speech is!!! She's awesome!!

5:35 PM  

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