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When Emma’s parents learned their daughter had bilateral hearing loss at birth, they were confronted with the common fears every caregiver with a child who is deaf or hard of hearing faces–What will Emma’s life look like? Will she be able to dance and sing along to music? Will she be able to make friends?

Fast forward to today, and dancing is one of Emma’s favorite hobbies!

Emma uses one hearing aid and one cochlear implant to access sound. She attended Clarke’s Birth to Age Three and Preschool Programs, and at age five, she transitioned to a mainstream school to attend classes alongside her peers with typical hearing.

In first grade, Emma was awarded a school-wide award for perseverance! Darragh, Emma’s Mom said, “We know that she wouldn’t be where she is today if it wasn’t for our whole Clarke family!” In addition to dancing, Emma enjoys playing field hockey and soccer.

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