Help 15 Russian kids with hearing loss communicate

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!

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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.
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Dec 4, 2013

How you are helping Arina and her family

A huge thank you for everything you do for our club for hearing impaired children! With your support, our Club was able to help many parents with children with hearing impairments to become more confident and to strengthen their parenting skills.  The parents have started to stand up for their children's rights.  Many of our "Club graduates" are now attending mainstream kindergartens or schools.  Thank you!

Today I wanted to tell you about Arina, who started coming to our Club with her mama a month ago.  It turns out that I have known her family for more than ten years, almost since our Club was started in 2004.  At that time I started helping her older sister, Christina, who also has a hearing impairment like her parents.  Now Christina has a cochlear implant, which can help replace the sensation of hearing, she goes to an ordinary school and communicates using both speech and sign language.


Arina is now two years old.  She is a wonderful, active little girl.  She shows a lot of initiative when she is playing and tries to do everything independently.  She is trying to talk and also uses sign language.  Arina likes all our activities, both the music and the games. She gets involved with everything and also helps the other children, especially her friend Yegor.

Arina and Yegor are wonderful children. Today they came to the Club in their best clothes because they wanted to have their photo taken for you.  We look forward to watching Arina progress and giving her the opportunities she needs to take her place in society.


Arina and Yegor
Arina and Yegor
Oct 18, 2013

Baby Misha learns to laugh thanks to your support


I remember the first time Misha's family came to our support group. He was eight months old then, and had only just started wearing a hearing aid. His mum called them headphones and couldn't believe that her son really couldn't hear anything.

Mishutka is the long-awaited third child in his family and is very loved. His mum herself used to work with visually impaired children as a teacher. We could see how sensitively and affectionately she interacted with her son, and in return he would smile at her with his wide-eyed look. But he didn't talk at all.   

Summer passed and autumn was making itself felt.

The group started meeting again and again we saw Misha and his family. This wide-eyed boy had grown up a lot over the summer and he had also had a cochlear implant fitted. Now he turns round when you call him, even if you just whisper. True, he finds it difficult to locate where the sound is coming from, but that can be learnt. Mishka babbles away a lot now and laughs out loud! At the club he really likes to play with his brother and with the other children and absolutely loves all the different musical instruments!

Jul 23, 2013

Your support has helped children hearing problems

Our graduates!
Our graduates!

With your help we've been running not one but two support groups for children with hearing impairments in St Petersburg.  As we enjoy our summer holidays, I wanted to tell you about some of the successes we've had in the last six months.  

One of our babies is 10 months old.  She has two cochlear implants, which can help replace lost hearing sensations.  At first these weren't adjusted correctly and she would flinch at loud noises.  We adjusted it, but then she stopped reacting to speech.  Third time lucky! Now with the correct adjustment she has started to talk.

Vova, Philip and three of their friends are now able to recognise songs in our music sessions and move to the music.

Our toddlers are also doing well.  They can say short words like "da" (yes) and "dai" (give me).

One of our mums came to us when her baby was very little, straight after she had been told her baby had a hearing impairment.  She was having trouble accepting this diagnosis, but with support from our leaders and the other parents, she is coming to terms with it.

Lastly, the children in our photo will all be joining mainstream kindergartens next year.

Congratulations to all our children who have made such great progres.  Thank you to everyone who has helped them along the way.

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