With Clarke’s support, families learn various listening and spoken language (LSL) strategies to support language development through play and age-appropriate activities, and share experiences and questions with other families in Clarke’s support groups.
“Specifically in media such as television, representation of deaf/hard of hearing people can be disappointing. There is often a lot of inaccuracy and perpetuation of stereotypes,” says Juliet Corwin, Clarke alum and high school student.
“When my mom was looking for a ballet class… she was told, ‘No, sorry. I cannot take her in. Deaf children don’t dance. It’s going to be too difficult, and I don’t have time for this,’” says Simoné Welgemoed, a professional ballerina who is deaf.
Like most caregivers who discover their child was born with a hearing loss, Nina and Spencer worried at first how their infant daughter would communicate and if she would struggle academically and socially.