Promoting Communication, Instilling Confidence
Dana Selznick, MA, MEd Deaf Education Specialist
CHC kids love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s an opportunity to express themselves through arts and crafts and share a special message with parents, grandparents or perhaps a sibling.
As Coordinator of CHC’s Family Resource Center and an Education Specialist, I recommend activities for our kids that are not only fun but also promote speech, language and emotional development.
Valentine’s Day Card Designs
Here are two designs for Valentine’s Day cards that have a special significance for children with hearing loss. Kids can choose which one they’d like to make at home and include a personalized message inside.
What I love about these hand-made greeting cards is that they include the hearing device or mode of communication that a child uses. Putting hearing loss or deafness front and center helps instill in children a sense of pride and fosters confidence. Hearing devices or mode of communication becomes something celebrated rather than something we hide. You’ll find many children’s books that celebrate hearing loss in this same way.
We suggest that children not only give the cards as gifts to family members but also explain to them why they’ve included this artwork on the card and what it means to them.
CHC’s Family Resource Center is here to support your child’s hearing journey. Please contact me to learn about more activities, virtual events and an array of programs and services available at CHC for children affected by hearing loss, deafness or listening challenges. And be sure to subscribe to our free e-newsletter the Buzz!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
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