Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's interesting how people will look at G now and assume it's always been so easy or happy for him.  He went through cancer.  Then he went through years of isolation.  At the school for the Deaf he gained the confidence to approach other kids and self advocate.  It's only been in the last year that he's become so comfortable chatting it up with hearing kids too, and demanding of hearing adults... : )

We moved from G town because it was so painful to see him completely isolated from everyone at school, church and family.   Nobody could really appreciate how awesome he was except for the 2-3 people that could sign.

When we moved here he was never invited to hearing kids birthday parties or anything until he turned 8 and was in cub scouts.  He was included in celebrations for deaf kids.  That's why we moved here.  At church there are 2 children his age that are deaf.  These 3 kids are the biggest group of deaf lds children we've ever found in visiting 4 other units, and asking about others.  Most deaf units have deaf adults.  But since 90% of deaf children have hearing adults, their parents just mainstream them for school and church. 

When we moved here G's kindergarten class was 5 boys.  And he had a male teacher!  What an amazing change, to suddenly have so many peers.  Each year the class has gotten bigger.  I'm so grateful that we were able and willing to move and make this possible for G.

He's such a confident kid.  I love that.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I would like...

Today G had a field trip to the news station.  He's in a drama group at school and this year they have been filming news segments.  They were given a tour of the news studio and took a picture with one of the reporters.
On the way home G's van stopped at Publix to get some cupcakes.  The students would be having a pizza party when they got back.  While they were at the bakery G asked his friends in sign "What kind of cookie would you like?"  Then he voiced to the bakery worker "I would like 3 chocolate chip cookies." 

When he told me this story I asked him if he had said "May I please have..." and he said "No."  You can't win them all I suppose.  But he used his skills to get his friends cookies.  He said they were impressed.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Social G

Thank goodness G is so outgoing and not socially conscious of being different.  He just jabbers on with the other boys in his cub scout troop.  Over the last 4 years his relationship with the hearing kids has really evolved.  He's not as close to any of them as he'd like, but he's also P's son and sort of not bothered by that.  P never had friends per se until he joined Gator Band. 

But he's my son and seems to be happy to just jump in and say "Can I play?" whenever he sees a kid on the playground with something to throw.  Growing up as a very athletic girl, I just always played the competitive sports with the boys.  I was even team captain often.

I've heard of kids with hearing aids being self conscious.  They notice people staring and cover them up.  We've modeled for G that you just look back at them.  And answer their questions if they have any.  "They're hearing aids.  They help him hear.  Just like glasses help people see." usually works well for grownups and adults.  G is usually just annoyed, mildly, for pursuing it.

P took the boys (Both!) to the Father's and Son's camp-out.  G had tons of fun running around playing ball with boys from  the stake he's never met before.
 
The other night B went in and snuggled up with G and went to bed.  Sweet brothers.