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October 2017   Family E-newsletter
Happy Halloween from Child's Voice!
We had a great day celebrating Halloween. This is such a fun (and language-rich) holiday, our students always enjoy getting dressed up and sharing in the fun!  Here are a few photos from our fun day! Special thanks to Child's Voice neighbors WITS (Wintrust IT Solutions) for welcoming our trick-or-treaters!
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Alumni Success Story
On October 15, our Alumni Board held their first event at the Great Escape.  Even though they didn't escape, everyone had a good time. 
For more information on our Alumni Board 
click here.
Visionary Voices
Read Dr. Michele's latest blog about Hearing Loss Awareness month (October) and how to be mindful of your hearing
Parent Resources & Updates
Spirit Wear
The deadline to purchase Child's Voice Spirit Wear is Thursday, November 9th.  Click here for an order form. 

Early Intervention Program Update
In Chicago, our toddler group has been learning about fall vocabulary including leaves, pumpkins, ghosts, and rakes. The parents have been practicing using good positioning to make sure their child has the best access to sound as possible. This means staying close to their child (within 6 inches if possible) and talking on the better hearing side when a child has unilateral hearing loss. See attached pictures! 


In Wood Dale, four  families attended our Baby Voices group on Oct. 16th. We talked about using parallel talk as a listening and spoken language strategy, hearing aid retention, and how often families receive EI services. The group plans to meet two times per month for one hour over the next year. They hope to add more families to Baby Voices as the year continues.
In addition, we are implementing our "Growing Voices" grant program with both Toddler group and Home based families. 

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act
President Trump signed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2017 into law, which will fund continued research and improve program development for early hearing detection and intervention in newborns and young children with hearing loss for the next five years.  To read the full article from the Alexander Graham Bell Association, please click here

Lovin' Literacy - Developing a Love of Reading
Are you asking the right questions when reading with your child?  Good readers are active readers.  As you move from 'learning to read' into 'reading to learn', to make sure you understand the meaning of the text. It is important to ask questions before, during, and after reading.  For a list of some examples of questions you can ask in order to think critically about a story, please  click here.
Try these questions out at home and make sure to adjust them to your child's individual language level.  Just a reminder, our school-wide reading program "BOOK IT" is in full swing!  Make sure to track your minutes on your calendar and turn it in on November 1st.  Your child has a chance to be the Star Reader of the month if they read the most minutes! 

Audiology Update
The Chicago Hearing Society offers assistance with hearing aid batteries.  If you are interested in more information on the program, please complete the Request Form and return it to Chicago Hearing Society.  Please note, a copy of your child's Medicaid card and audiogram are required.  Please list your child's teacher under Hearing Itinerant Teacher.  If you need assistance, please contact Dr. Megan Wernsman, Pediatric Audiologist, at 630-595-8200, x 1331 or Marianne Benedek, Child's Voice Social Worker, at 630-595-8200, x 1131.

Mainstream Update
Have you ever sat in an IEP meeting and heard a member of the team say, "We took the liberty of filling out a "draft" IEP, please sign here."  How did you respond?  Do you know how to respond?  Click here to read more about possible ways to navigate the situation from Illinois Hands & Voices. 
We Need Your Help!
Volunteer at Child's Voice  
We are seeking volunteers to help in the classroom, at lunches, and during recess. Please click here to see a full list of volunteer (and career opportunities). Thank you for your interest and support!

Help College & Child's Voice Students Learn
Child's Voice is partnering  with North Central College's Marketing Research Class. To help these students develop their skills on market research, we are asking YOU to take a minute to complete this simple survey about your interaction, involvement and interest in/at Child's Voice.
All of these answers are 100% confidential. Child's Voice will only see the complete results and not individual answers. Results will be used to help improve Child's Voice outreach, communications and marketing efforts.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Thank you in advance. Click here to complete the survey. 
Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Events
Childs' Voice Gala - November 11th
A few tickets remain for  our annual Autumn Gala on Saturday, November 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the beautiful Morton Arboretum. This is a very special evening for Child's Voice as we hear from alumni, celebrate our Voice from the Heart recipient Mike Walters, and get together to celebrate Child's Voice and all of the accomplishments achieved by each and every one of our students and their families.  To purchase tickets, Click Here

Neiman Marcus Love to Give Campaign - begins November 2nd
Neiman Marcus Oakbrook has selected Child's Voice to benefit from their Love to Give collection.  During the holiday season, 10% of sales generated from the campaign will benefit Child's Voice. Please consider including items in this collection on your holiday shopping list.   

Parent Teacher Conferences - November 16

Cantigny Park Community Tree Display - begins November 17th
Child's Voice has been selected as one of seven non-profit groups to participate in the Robert R. McCormick Foundation "tree tour."  Child's Voice will have a decorated tree along the guided tour, and will receive a grant from the Foundation.  Please remember to vote for the Child's Voice tree as your favorite!  Voting ends December 31st, and the winner will receive additional grant funds.  

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