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Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention

The Sixth Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention will be held shortly on July 13-15 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, right outside Boston.

Elana Perlin, a mother of a 7 year old daughter with cochlear implants, has attended many  conventions over the years. She describes the Sturbridge convention as very unique and different from the others, such as Cochlear Celebration. “This is a convention that is focused on learning and information. Although there is also the opportunity to socialize and have fun, the learning sessions are very intense.”

This convention is hosted by The Minuteman Implant Club, a non-profit cochlear implant support group for the New England – Greater Boston Area. The presenters at the convention are mainly the familiar faces from all conventions, such as representatives from Cochlear and Advanced Bionics, and professionals from the world renowned Children’s Hospital of Boston Cochlear Implant Division.

These conventions provide a great opportunity to learn how to accomplish the most with your child’s implants and achieve even greater levels of success. Attendees come back recharged, inspired, and the feeling of “we can do it!” Read about the recent Cochlear Celebration held in San Antonio in February 2007.

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Workshop for Children with Hearing Loss

The Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Louis will be hosting a Parent Education Workshop July 18 – 22, 2007. The workshop is for parents and their children with hearing loss ages birth to 5.  Each day is packed full of activities for the children and information for the parents.

Children over age 2 are welcome to attend with their parents. Children 3 and up can be scheduled to have speech and language evaluations.  The workshop session meets daily from 9-3.  The adults will have classes in their professional education room and the children will meet in classes, divided by age and language ability.  They will have a 1:1 ratio of adult to child and each child will receive daily individual instruction by a staff member of the Moog Center.  

Everyone will meet together for lunch, provided by the Moog Center.  Afternoons allow time for naps and weather permitting, the children will enjoy water play.  

This will be their ninth year doing this workshop and it just keeps getting better.  Every family that attends the workshop also has the opportunity to have an individual meeting with a staff member about a topic or concern of their choice.   

The entire workshop costs just $150 as it is supported by a grant from a private foundation. Moog has also made arrangements for $109 per night room rate at a nearby Residence Inn by Marriott which includes breakfast.  Enrollment is extremely limited to ensure the quality of the program for all participants, so make your reservations now.  Please note:  My daughter, Julie, attended Moog from ages 3 to 6. I know first-hand what a phenomenal oral deaf education program it is. Their attention to detail, commitment and ability to individualize what each child needs is incredible. Every year we go back for annual evaluations and I speak to their parent support group. Without fail, 1-2 parents will tell me that their child is enrolled at Moog because I posted about this summer workshop online. Families come for the 4 day workshop and get a chance to really see the school, its staff and students. Some choose to enroll their child and everyone goes home from the workshop with invaluable information and tools to help their child learn to talk.  If you’re working with your young child teaching him or her to talk, consider attending this program, it is not to be missed! Call them at 314.692.7172 to sign up, or email me at info@hearingexchange.com and I’ll send you the registration form which can be mailed or faxed.   ~ Paula Rosenthal, Hearing Exchange Blog

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