Thursday, February 29, 2024

Episode #36: Hearing Loss and Deafness in Children (Part 1)

How to Tell if Your Baby is Deaf
My Child Has Hearing Loss, What To Do Next?
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My Child Has Hearing Loss, What To Do Next?

Show Notes:

Do you know how to tell if your baby is deaf? Do you know what questions you should be asking your doctor? Our guests today are a mother-daughter duo, Cindy and Heather Phillips, who join us to talk about how Cindy and her husband have raised 2 deaf children and some of the decisions they’ve made to help their children become successful adults.

This is the first of a 2-part interview. During this part of the interview, we concentrate on the early years of the children being diagnosed with hearing loss, starting school, school changes, school accommodations, friendships, support for parents, and some fun stories sprinkled throughout. The next part will be released in the first week of October 2022 and will include navigating college as a deaf student, living on campus, plans for the future, and current work challenges. I’ll post the link to the episode here once it is posted.

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Tonya Wollum


Tonya Wollum is a disability advocate and host of the Water Prairie Chronicles podcast which connects special needs parents with resources to help them navigate parenting a child with a disability. She is the mother of 2 college-age children who have each grown up with a disability. That experience, along with a background in education, led her to create the Water Prairie Chronicles to help share what she has learned with parents of younger children to help them know how to advocate for their children.

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