Help 30 Russian kids with hearing loss communicate

 
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Dec 9, 2014

How you helped Camilla learn to talk

Camilla
Camilla

Camilla and her mama are members of our Club for toddlers with impaired hearing that you have generously helped to sponsor.   Some time ago she had a cochlear implant fitted and has just come back to the club.  A cochlear implant can help replace the sensation of hearing for some deaf people.  As soon as she came back we could see that Camilla had changed a lot!  She has begun to make a lot of sounds and syllables.  She can hear herself and the other children and adults.  When she's playing with the other children she is always "saying" something.  Her mama says that at home too Camilla is always trying to talk.  She shows she can hear by cupping her hand to her ear and saying "hear!".

Camilla's mama is so happy to see her success! Her papa is also very hapy, although for a long time he didn't want Camilla to have the implant.  Now he watches Camilla's progress with interest and enjoys chatting to her.

Before deciding about the implant, Camilla's mama spent a long time talking to the other parents at our Club, watching the other children with implants learning to talk.  She talked to the other children, read up on the subject and talked to our experts.  She discussed all this with her husband, and they decided to go ahead.  It's very important that this was totally their decision rather than the professionals'.  We see all our parents as partners who know their children best of all.  The parents find this very refreshing and when they trust us the results are even better.  Now we're all celebrating Camilla's progress and thank you for helping her reach this point.  

We want to help more families like Camilla and her parents and we hate having to turn families away.  So, in January, we are starting another group on Wednesday afternoons.  To make this possible, parents will make a small contribution of just 200 Roubles (the equivalent of $3.70 of £2.30).  This means that your donations this December will help double the number of children and we will be very grateful for any help you can offer.

Oct 2, 2014

A summer of international discovery

Our parents have always been at the heart of our club for hearing impaired toddlers and their families.  We recognise that they know their children best and influence their development far more than we can alone.  For most of our parents this is a new experience.  They are not used to being taken seriously by specialists.

During our summer break we took four of our parents to a conference organised by Hands and Voices, a US parents' group for parents with hearing impaired children.  With generous funding from the US side we were able to travel to Savannah, Georgia, and meet other parents in similar situations.  Natasha and Masha, Alla and Zoya talked to the American parents about how to support parents at different stages in their lives, how to teach hearing impaired children and other topics that interested them all.  They plan to keep in touch with their new friends as there is so much more they want to discuss.

In October this year some of the American parents will return the visit and take part in a conference taking place in St Petersburg which is centred on communication.  Our group will be presenting a paper on communicating with hearing impaired children.

Our parents have grown in confidence and are excited by the new ideas they've been introduced to.  We hope the visit will lead to new ways for all our parents to support each other and share information.

Meanwhile, our club starts up again for the autumn, and we look forward to welcoming back some old faces and meeting new families.  Thank you very much for all you have done to keep our club running.

Jul 2, 2014

A brilliant birthday for heaing-impaired toddler

Happy Birthday Savva!
Happy Birthday Savva!

We have just had a wonderful event at our club, Savva's birthday!  He has just turned two.  Savva came to our club with his mom when he still couldn't walk on his own.  Now he is very active.  He runs around, climbs on the slide, plays ball, and much more besides.  He has learnt how to play with other children and adults, which gives him a lot of pleasure.  Savva has learnt how to say words and uses speech with his mom, our teachers and the children.

Savva has a fantastic mom! She is very sensitive to his needs and understands him.  She helps him to learn to talk, to recognise and distinguish the sounds around him.  She also chats to the other parents and children at the club and helps them.  

We celebrated Savva's birthday altogether at the club.  We made him a present, sang songs, and put on a puppet show.  Savva and the other children watched the show avidly.  They joined in with the hero's actions.  

We are delighted to see Savva becoming a happy, sociable and communicative little boy in spite of his hearing impairment.  We are looking forward to seeing him and the other children and their parents at our club in September, but now we break for the summer holidays.  Thank you for all your help through this year.  You're giving Savva and his friends the priceless gift of self-expression.

Savva and his mom.
Savva and his mom.
Apr 10, 2014

Club for kids with impaired hearing celebrates

Nikita when he was a member of our Club
Nikita when he was a member of our Club

Our Club for children with impaired hearing and their parents has just celebrated its tenth birthday.  For ten years we have been offering families help, support and friendship from the moment they discover their child's disability.  For ten years we have been working to make sure that deaf toddlers don't miss out on learning to communicate.  

At our party we were delighted to see children, who have already grown up and go to school, chat away, and use speech to communicate.  Christina and Borya use speech and sign language.  They go to school, as do Nikita and Yulia.  Maxim, Makar and Seraphima all go to kindergarten.  In the photos you can see how Nikita has grown up since he was a member of our Club.  We also invited a group of folk musicians, he kept us all entertained.

We heard many kind words from the parents at the party.  They spoke about how important it was for them to come to the Club, to be able to meet other parents in the same situation as well as specialists, and to be able to share experiences, receive support and become more confident in raising their child.

Thank you all for your support.  Here's to the next ten years!

P.S.  Would you like to help us prepare for the next Global Giving bonus day on May 7th? If you have 20 minutes to spare and would like to get more involved, please e-mail Sarah Gale on sarah.sgf@live.com.

Nikita at our tenth birthday party
Nikita at our tenth birthday party
Feb 24, 2014

Celebrating deaf kids' creativity with your help

Me and my mama
Me and my mama
Thank you for supporting our work with hearing impaired children and their families in St Petersburg.  As you might remember, art work is one of our regular activities.  Parents often struggle to communicate with their hearing impaired children and doing activities like painting together is a great way to relax and build a strong rapport.  Soon we will have a chance to show our work to a wider audience.
This Thursday our children and parents prepared this "painting" for a competition for hearing impaired children and we will submit it on Monday.  Apart from a prize-giving, a concert for the participants has been planned.  We are planning to take part with our children and parents. One of our mothers who is herself hearing impaired will perform a song in sign language.  
When they first came to our Club many of our parents were depressed, lacking in confidence and finding it difficult to accept their child's diagnosis.  It is great to have an opportunity to celebrate our familys' new-found confidence and show off what they can do together.
Please help us keep up the good work.  If you donate through globalgiving.co.uk we also wanted to tell you that for a week starting at 12.01am on 3rd March Global Giving UK will be adding 50% to donations up to £600 until funds run out.  So, if you're keen to help this would be a great time to make a donation.  Want a reminder?  Either drop us an e-mail to sarah.sgf@live.com or join our Facebook page and we will remind you when the bonus week is about to begin.   

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