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Imagination Stage – Upcoming ASL-Interpreted Sunday Fun-Days!

January 16, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Families, Interpreting & Transliterating


Don’t Miss These ASL-Interpreted
Sunday Fun-Day Workshops  For Your Little One!

Tailored to ages 1-3, our Sunday Fun-Day Workshops invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home.

Upcoming ASL-Interpreted Sunday Fun-Day Workshops include:

  • Jan. 25Ferdinand the Bull
  • Feb. 1: Building a House
  • Feb. 8: The Rainbow Fish
  • Feb. 15: My Heart is Like a Zoo
  • Feb. 22The Little Engine That Could
  • March 1Where the Wild Things Are

Classes are 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m., and registration is $10.

For more information, visit us online or contact Early Childhood Program Manager Julia Krebs Patterson.

                               Register today before space fills up!

Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling – Workshop Nov. 5th

October 24, 2014 in Community Events, Families



Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling

with America’s Calm Coach Kirk Martin & his son, Casey


Kirk will demonstrate 10 ways to:
• Get your kids to listen the first time. • Stop defiance, disrespect and yelling.
• Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
• Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
• Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.


“Practical, life-changing and laugh-out-loud funny”

Wednesday, November 5
7:00pm – 9:00pm

(Interpreters will be provided for the Wednesday lecture.)

Thursday, November 6

 10:30am – 12:30pm

– Perfectfor parents with kids ages 2-22.
– Both workshops cover the same content.


Parkwood Baptist Church
8726 Braddock Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003

The workshops are graciously sponsored by the Parkwood Wee Center.

The events are free and opened to the community.

Watch the Video at www.CelebrateCalm.com


Contact Brett with any questions. 888.506.1871

Download Celebrate Calm Flyer


PAH Workshop at Circle of Support Conference – Saturday, November 8th

October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Families

PAH will be providing a workshop at the Circle of Support Conference sponsored by the ARC of Greater Prince William on Saturday, November 8th.

The Circle of Support Conference is for families of those with special needs and the professionals that work with them. PAH’s presentation is titled, “A Survival Guide for Parents of Children that are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.” Other sessions at the conference focus on Medicaid waivers, behavioral interventions, and advocacy.

The conference is from 8 am – 3 pm with registration due by October 31st and will be held at Hylton High School near Woodbridge, VA. Learn more about Circle of Support and register online at: http://arcgpw.org/event-view/the-20th-circle-of-support-conference/

Saturday, November 8th.
8 am – 3 pm
registration due by October 31st

Hylton High School
14051 Spriggs Rd
Woodbridge VA 22193



Virginia Guide By Your Side Program is hosting a regional Meet & Greet for families

October 14, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Families



The Virginia Guide By Your Side Program is hosting a regional Meet & Greet for families of young children (0-10 years old) who are deaf/hard of hearing on Saturday, October 18 at John Tyler Community College, Chester campus from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you know of any families whose children are deaf/hard of hearing and under 10 years of age, and especially those who live within driving distance to Chester, please share the attached flyer.

At this free Meet & Greet, families can:

  • Meet other families,
  • Visit local and state exhibitors, including HankMillard, Coordinator of Special Education and Parent Involvement at VDOE
  • Pick up free resources and materials,
  • Learn more about (and play with) service dogs,
  • Get expert advice on communication modalities,
  • Snack on refreshments, and
  • Enjoy seeing their children play with other children who are d/hh!

Meet & Greet events in Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach were each attended by 20+ families.  GBYS must have at least 15 families register by October 10 or this event may be cancelled.  Please encourage families to RSVP by October 15, 2014.  

Parents may register by emailing Irene Schmalz at ischmalz@vcu.edu or by calling Daphne Miller at 1-866-493-1090 

Additional questions can be directed to Irene Schmalz at ischmalz@vcu.edu.

Learn more about the GBYS program and its resources by visiting www.centerforfamilyinvolvement.org (click on Family to Family Network tab; click on Guide By Your Side link on left).

Videos of families participating in the previous Meet & Greets can be found at www.centerforfamilyinvolvement.org (click on Resources tab; click on Videos link on left; scroll down to Hearing Impairment videos; use the blue arrow buttons to advance to more videos).

ASL Classes online – via web By Communications Consulting Group

September 8, 2014 in Education & Outreach, Families, Technology



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By Communications Consulting Group, LLC,

Drop in and pick up a few signs!

Themed ASL Classes

New Topics and Dates
Our themed ASL classes are the drop-in kind where you only need to join us for one hour on a Saturday. Classes begin at 12:00 pm and end at 1:00 pm.

  • October 4: Falling into Sign The fall season welcomes several holidays, each with a few different ways to sign them. (This class will also have a Wednesday evening session on October 8, from 7 to 8 pm ET)
  • November 4: Mommy, Daddy, and Me Introducing basic signs for you to teach your babies and toddlers
  • November 22: Sports Signs It’s football and basketball season! Includes a variety of sports and positions.
  • December 13: ASL Idioms Idioms in English often don’t translate well into ASL, but ASL has its own idioms.

Classes are one hour long and will be $10 per person. You must have a webcam to participate.

Click here to register!

View Communications Consulting Group Original email posting

We will connect on video using the Adobe Connect platform. Make sure that you have the most recent version of Flash installed.Click here to download Flash.

We also have Beginner ASL 2, which covers the second part of Signing Naturally’s Units 1-6 textbook!

Beginner ASL 2: Meets online every Tuesday from October 14 to December 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CT


The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss

August 26, 2014 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Finding great books about children who are deaf or hard of hearing can be difficult. Many books are out of date with current technology, or are targeted to an adult audience. As the mother to a five year old boy who wears hearing aids, I was disappointed to find outdated books about hearing loss in our local library. One book described a boy as having “weird words” and another featured a girl wearing an outdated body-worn hearing aid system from the 1970’s. Fortunately, there are many new, wonderful books that explore current technology and provide a positive outlook for children with hearing loss. Books with an auditory/verbal approach (containing references to hearing aids, cochlear implants, and “learning to listen”) are listed in the first section. Books about ASL and Deaf culture are listed in the second section. See listed books

CODA Pride – YouTube Video

August 5, 2014 in Community News, Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness


CODA Pride is a documentary about Children of Deaf Adults, our relationships, our experiences, and our proud bilingual community. The video was created by Rachael and Jacob Baer who are both CODA’s. 

Reserve tickets NOW for “NO Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie” Aug. 14 @ 8:30PM

August 5, 2014 in Community Events, Families



When a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy to redefine what “being normal” means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself.

This event has been confirmed for August 14 at 8:30 PM
Reserve Tickets online: http://www.tugg.com/events/10142

NO Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movieno_ordinary_hero

At AMC Tysons Corner 16 on August 14 at 8:30 PM

Director: Troy Kotsur
Starring: John Maucere, Michelle Nunes, Marlee Matlin, Ashley Fiolek, Peter Hulne, Zane Hencker
2014, 78 min.
Drama, Family

SUPERDEAFY must reveal the man behind the cape to find true love and inspire a young deaf boy to believe in himself. The movie follows the evolution of this unique hero. A beloved character and role model, SuperDeafy has a worldwide following. He has been turned into t-shirts, posters and dolls… and now a movie. This film marks the first time in cinematic history that a SAG commercial feature film is being executive produced exclusively by deaf executive producers and directed by a deaf director. The film will be 100% open captioned every screening.

Reserve Tickets online: http://www.tugg.com/events/10142

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Pit bull saves deaf teen from house fire

July 31, 2014 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness



‘Ace’ licked the face of sleeping teen to alert him to fire

A teen is alive thanks to the family’s pit bull, who woke him up from a nap when his house caught fire.

Nick Lamb, 13, who was born deaf, was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids when the fire began, reports The Associated Press and WXIN. Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith says Lamb was unable to hear the smoke alarms going off.

Read more 

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) – May 6, 2014

April 29, 2014 in Community Events, Families

“Transition Planning Topics” Workshop, by Julie Triplett,

It’s never too early to start thinking about Transition Planning. Please join Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) as we welcome Julie Triplett of the Disability Law Center of Virginia for a workshop on this important topic!


Read More . . . 

Models/Peers for Total Communication Preschool – Fairfax County

March 11, 2014 in Community News, Families

Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for young applicants to be models/peers in our Total Communication preschool for next year.

We are looking for signing CODAs who also have age appropriate speech and language.  We are interested in 3 year old applicants but also specifically really  need a girl who is 4 – 4 ½ years old to be a peer / model for one of our students.

You must live in Fairfax County to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Courtney Korb at cbkorb@fcps.edu for an application and further information.

Please spread the word.

Thank you,
Jan Pry
Preschool TC teacher

No. Virginia KODA group Halloween Party, Oct. 27th 1-3PM

October 25, 2013 in Community News, Families

1st Annual No.Va. KODA Halloween Party!
(KODA: Kids of Deaf Adults)

Sunday, October 27
1 pm to 3 pm
Burke Lake Park
Fairfax Station, Virginia


($10 entrance fee for non-Fairfax County residents)
Deaf & Hearing Goblins of all ages are welcome!


  • Games
  • Costume Show (adults, too!)
  • Treats for the kids (Please being a bag of treats to share)
  • Playground on premises
  • Burke Lake Park’s special annual Ghost Train (at your own expense, you can buy tickests fromt eh train depot for $4 per person)

$5.00 per family requested and greatly appreciated.  A professional quality family picture taken at the park will be included as part of the fee.  The money would go to cover the party expenses and to support future KODA activities in No. Virginia.

Please RSVP by 10/24 via Facebook or by email at NoVirginiaKODA@grmail.com for accurate head-count.  Thank you!



!st Annual No. BA KODA Halloween Party

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Schools Sound Tour from NIDCD

September 18, 2013 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness


schoolsound9_13School Sounds Tour


From National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Returning to school can be an exciting time for children as they reconnect with friends, meet their new teachers, and explore new subjects. As your children settle back into the school day routine, help them become aware of noise levels in their school environment.Talk with your children about noise levels at school and the importance of quiet spaces. Ask them to identify the noisiest and quietest spots they’ve noticed during their school day. Give them examples of places that might be loud (gym, crowded hallways, cafeteria) and quiet (classroom during reading time, art class, library).

With teacher and principal approval, your children can take a decibel meter to school to measure noisy and quiet spaces and share what they find with friends. Discuss the findings with your children and explain the dangers of prolonged or repeated exposure to any noise at or above 85 decibels. Sound meters can be purchased from an electronics store or through websites. Downloadable sound meter apps are also available for most smartphones.

For more information on teaching your tweens about noise levels, go to the Noisy Planet website to read Teachable Moments About Healthy Hearing, and take a look at our Interactive Sound Ruler. You can also post your children’s experiences on our Noisy Planet Facebook page.


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Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye and the Blue Ear Help a Mother and Her Hearing Impaired Son

June 19, 2013 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Published May 23rd 2012 By: Graeme McMillan

Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye is now teaming up with fellow hearing-impaired hero the Blue Ear to help boost one real life kid’s confidence and inspiring him to wear his hearing aid. Pretty good for an archer, right?

The kid in question is four-year-old New Hampshire resident Anthony Smith, who was refusing to wear his “blue ear” hearing aid because, he explained, superheroes don’t wear hearing aids. Desperate for help, Anthony’s mother Christina D’Allesandro wrote to Marvel, hoping to discover a superhero that proved him wrong – and that’s where the man with the bow, arrows and penchant for purple clothing comes in (Maya Lopez a.k.a. Echo is another hearing-impaired character in Marvel’s stable of heroes, although unlike Hawkeye, she is completely deaf and wouldn’t benefit from a hearing aid).

NVRC note: Unfortunately the video along with story is not captioned.

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/05/23/hawkeye-blue-ear-help-child-wear-hearing-aid/#ixzz2WfohRAX0


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Gael Hannan: Advice from a Hard of Hearing Grandma

June 6, 2013 in Community News, Families

Advice from a Hard of Hearing Grandma
By Gael Hannan, Hearing Health Matters 6/4/2013

They say the best part of being a parent is becoming a grandparent. I’m sure that’s true for many people, but as a new grandma I’m still ironing out some of the kinks. (Note: Although my husband and I have only one 17-year-old child together, he is the father of four, one of whom made me an earlier-than-expected grandmother.They call me GG, for Grandma Gael, and we don’t use the ‘step’ word.)

Actually, there’s really only one kink: with my severe hearing loss, I have trouble understanding my three year-old grandson, Gage. I can understand his younger brother perfectly – but then, Owen is only eight months old. Held close enough, I can hear any sound  from any body part that Owen makes, and his facial expressions are pretty basic.

But Gage – a gorgeous, intelligent, and kinetic being – doesn’t stay still long enough for me to successfully speechread him. We live half a continent apart and don’t speak often enough for that  smooth ‘customization’ process to take place that allows a person with hearing loss to learn and adapt to another person’s speech. So every time Gage and I connect, whether in person or in a live chat through Facetime on iPad, I start the speechreading process over again – IF he sits still long enough.

I know it will eventually work out, just as it did with my own son. When I was expecting Joel, I was nervous about how my hearing loss would affect my child and our relationship. But, like any new mom, I learned on the job and he doesn’t (yet) appear to be traumatized by our communication challenges. In fact, he’s one of the best speakers and communicators I know.

For any new moms facing similar fears, here’s a Q&A of just a little of what I learned about communicating as a hard of hearing mother
Q:  Is my unborn baby making any sounds that I’m not hearing?

A:  I don’t think so, but of course I’m not the best person  to ask, am I? What I can say with certainty is that those 40 weeks were the most blessedly silent period of my life. When your baby is born, the noise will start, so enjoy the peace of pregnancy.

Q:  How will I hear my baby crying at night?

A:  The easiest method, although not necessarily the best, is to have a hearing partner. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that baby-making-partners should be chosen for their ability to hear well, because there are many things more irksome in a spouse than hearing loss. (Inattentiveness and leaving the toilet seat up jump to mind.) But hearing spouses can be very useful in detecting a baby’s cry. They respond by lifting their head off the pillow to confirm that it’s the baby and not the cat, then they jab you in the ribs, saying, “Honey, baby’s crying…”

If you prefer to be awakened by a flashing light rather than a sharp elbow, use a baby monitor, an alerting system or a combination of the two to help you respond to your child. My daughter-in-law uses a video baby monitor, which I could have used years ago when my toddler decided to try climbing out of the crib by himself.  I walked in just in time to find him tottering lengthwise along the rail, flying like an airplane, both excited and terrified.

Q: I have trouble understanding other people’s children with their high voices. I’m nervous that I’ll have difficulty understanding my own child!

A: While I don’t want to trivialize or underestimate the communication challenges that you will most certainly have from time to time,this is your child and hearing loss will not prevent the two of you from connecting and communicating. You will always watch the face of your child for the information you can’t hear, and your baby will thrive on a parent who is focused and caring. Your daughter will learn how to get your attention. Your son will discover how to communicate what he needs or wants from you.   You will understand your child because you love your child and will do what it takes to keep communication flowing both ways.

Please reach out to your hearing local health organization or association such as HLAA or CHHA. I was six months pregnant when I connected with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and I received emotional support and practical advice that helped make me a better mom.

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