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Nora

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Nora has congenital profound hearing loss and uses bilateral cochlear implants. She shines on stage in her school plays!  

Nora is nine years old and has congenital profound hearing loss. She uses bilateral cochlear implants to access sound.  

Nora attended preschool and kindergarten at Clarke before transitioning to her mainstream public school. When Nora first came to Clarke, she was delayed in speech and language skills. After working with Clarke’s expert listening and spoken language team, Nora excelled and caught up to her same-aged peers with typical hearing! 

Nora loves the spotlight and regularly participates in local community theater. Her first production was starring as Snow White in Descendants Jr.. Nora has since participated in several productions with increasing demand and expectations in her roles. Recently, Nora was a narrator in a children’s production of The Wizard of Oz! She studied and practiced every night.  

Nora also loves water and can use her technology in the pool, in the lake and on the boat. Nora’s favorite sport is competitive all-star cheerleading. Her numerous extracurricular activities offer a variety of ways to practice the self-advocacy skills she learned at Clarke. She is comfortable explaining and educating others about her hearing loss and cochlear implant processors. 

Nora’s family believes early access to Clarke helped to build a strong foundation for her success in all aspects of life. Missi, Nora’s mother commented that “Clarke gave her the skills to advocate for herself and the ability to keep setting goals. The teachers and therapists at Clarke are a big part of her life story and helped give her the confidence to shine in the spotlight!” 

Nora is excited to enter the third grade in fall 2022. 

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