HearSay: Connecting Families of Hearing Impaired Children HearSay Events
HearSay is an outreach activity of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program providing networking opportunities, educational programs, and social events for families of hearing impaired children who use spoken language.
Interested in coming to a meeting? Not sure what its all about? Want to know if this is right for your family before you attend? Want to sign up? To get the answers contact one of our parent leaders; they will help you: Janette Cantwell
or Amy Fields
History of HearSay:
HearSay grew out of the dream of two moms and the tremendous support of an auditory-verbal therapist. As we faced the diagnosis and treatment of our own children's hearing loss we dreamed of a place where families of hearing impaired children could come together. We needed the practical insight into raising hearing impaired children that can come only from those who have personally experienced it. We needed educational programs that would guide us in making decisions for our children. And perhaps most importantly, we needed a place where our children could regularly come together with other children just like them.
The first HearSay program was a parent panel held February 26, 2006. Since that time a variety of professionals have led our educational programs on topics including: Medical Issues of Hearing Impaired Children, FM Systems and Assistive Technology, Advocating for My Child and Teaching My Child to Advocate for Himself, and How to Handle the Times Your Child Can't Wear Amplification, just to name a few. Each of our educational programs provides the opportunity for parents to casually visit with one another and professionals, while graduate students supervise activities for our children. For family fun we also hold events like our "Christmas Carnival" and "Day at the Park".
In January, 2008, with 36 families, 13 professionals, and a number of graduate students participating, HearSay became a sponsored activity of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program. As such we look forward to offering even more programs to further our mission of Connecting Families of Hearing Impaired Children. On behalf of the families of HearSay we wish to express our deepest appreciation to the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program and Melissa Sweeney, MS, CCC/SLP, Cert. AVT, for their generous support. We hope you will join us for our upcoming programs Janette Cantwell -mother of Megan, profound bilateral hearing loss, bilateral cochlear implant user Amy Fields -mother of Andrew, severe to profound hearing loss, cochlear implant and hearing aid user
Hear what people have to say about HearSay:
"Recently, my family (my husband, myself, two boys age 5.5 and 2.5) moved to Texas from the East Coast. Finding the HearSay group has been monumental to our move as we have found not only a resource and support group for families of children with hearing impairments, but we have made friendships and continue to do so with the educational events and the family fun events that HearSay offers. As a busy mom of two young boys, I am personally grateful to HearSay for keeping me informed on the latest information, research and concerns that I may not otherwise be privy to. I am happy to be a member of such a warm and informative group!"
- Kimberly Hupp, mother of Logan, profound bilateral hearing loss, cochlear implant user.
"Probably the most important aspect of HearSay for our family has been the opportunity to network with other parents and professionals in an informal setting. A "chance" conversation with one of the graduate students at the Christmas Carnival has really influenced our decision about having our son, Andrew, receive a second (bilateral) cochlear implant. It always seems like there is someone there with just the experience we need to help us with the decisions and choices we're making."
- Amy Fields, mother of Andrew, profound bilateral hearing loss, cochlear implant user.
"HearSay has been a gift to my family’s life. Not only has it connected us to families who have experienced our same journey of raising a hearing-impaired child, but it also has provided us with a wealth of cutting edge information about how to raise a hearing-impaired child in a hearing and speaking world, the goal of all the HearSay families. HearSay has given us hope and comfort through family get-togethers, speakers, and workshops. Because our child wears hearing aids and many of the children in HearSay have cochlear implants, we particularly benefit from the knowledge and input those families give us since our child may have an implant someday. We are very grateful for HearSay."
- Sallie Crotty, mother of Stephen, Bilateral hearing aid user.