Michelle - posted on 02/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
Hello everyone. I'm actually glad i found this group. I have a 9 month old who was diagnosed @ birth. We both don't have any deaf members of our family that we know of. We did NOT waste any time in moving forward with treatment options and we received his HA at 4 months. We received school district assistance with our local school and early intervention program and started on speech therapy and sign language classes. He is a prime candidate for cochlear implants and we hope to get them for him sometime this summer. We hope to continue with sign but want him to have total communication. We are aware at the end of the day that he is DEAF and we want to give him the chance to learn all the ways he can communicate and want him to lead a normal life and treated like any other child.
I was wondering if anyone can share their experiences or if anyone is going through anything similar to this and where they are in the whole process, their feelings, advice, etc. I always love to connect with other moms, share our feelings, concerns, stresses, and what have you. There are times I feel completely alone, as many as my friends and family have children, but NONE who has a special need such as deafness. I look forward to hearing from you all and reading all the other conversations. =)