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March 2018  Family E-newsletter

Join us on the course for a fun day! 

The 13th annual Child's Voice Golf Tournament is Tuesday, June 12th at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton.  This fundraiser helps Child's Voice continue to positively change the lives of children with hearing loss and their families.  In addition to 18 holes of scramble golf, the tournament also allows golfers to interact with alumni and current Child's Voice students.   Not a golfer?  No problem!  We encourage everyone to attend the reception, dinner and program with great food and drink, a live auction, raffle and excellent testimonials given by  Child's Voice alumni.  

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please Click Here.    

Recently Heard...
Alumni Success Story
Child's Voice '99 Graduate, Mitch Olsen, was recently featured in "Hearing our Way".  Read it  Here
Visionary Voices
Read Dr. Michele's latest blog about developing your child's vocabulary.   
Click Here for  her full blog. 
Parent Resources & Updates
Early Intervention Program Update
In the Roscoe Village Early Intervention Program, the toddlers are learning about different weather vocabulary. They've enjoyed playing in a pretend rainstorm and painting suns with kool-aid.  The parents are learning to model grammatical language for their toddlers. This means including all of the little words in sentences since sometimes we over simplify what we say to toddlers. 

In Wood Dale, our toddlers are learning about flowers and gardens.  

Lovin' Literacy - 
How Parents Can Support the Common Core Reading Standards
The Common Core is a set of a cademic standards in mathematics and language arts/literacy that are used around the country.  These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.  To discover the skills targeted within the common core literacy section and to learn ways you can help your child at home, please Click Here

Audiology Update
The Early Hearing Detection & Intervention meetings were held in Denver  March 18-20, 2018 with Michele Wilkins,  Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Dr. Megan Wernsman, AuD, and  Wendy Deters,  M.S., CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, in attendance.  T he annual EHDI Meetings bring together professionals and parents  to identify areas of concern, promote collaboration, and share best practices with the intent of improving early hearing screening, diagnosis, and intervention systems for infants/young children and their families.  The 2019 EHDI Meetings will be held in Chicago on March 3-5, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency.  Mark your calendars!

Mainstream Update
Keep Skills Sharp During Spring Break -  Help your child stay at the top of his learning game during spring break - no flashcards involved!
Spring break means a well-deserved reprieve from homework and daily obligations.  But before you know it, the break will be over and it will be back to the bus stop.  Don't let school skills like reading, writing, and math slide completely during spring break.  For a list of family-friendly activities to keep skills sharp, please Click Here
Social Work Corner
The Child's Voice Parent Education Committee is pleased to introduce the ISRC PARENT UNIVERSITY!   The Illinois Service Resource Center (ISRC) Parent University is a resource for parents and guardians to further develop ideas and support for raising children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. ISRC has developed on-line modules on various topics and have made them available on the ISRC website.
The Child's Voice Parent Education Committee is strongly encouraging all current and alumni parents and guardians to view 4 of these presentations.  Please Click Here to view the presentations. 
Please contact Marianne Benedek at with any questions!
Hear Indiana Listening and Spoken Language Camp
Hear Indiana's Listening and Spoken Language Camp will be held at Hap py Hollow in Nashville, IN on June 17 - June 22, 2018.  The   camp gives children and teenagers with hearing loss (ages 8 - 18) the opportunity to make new friends with shared life experiences.  The camp works to further leadership and assertiveness skills in a structured atmosphere: "Fun with a Purpose".  For more information on the camp, please Click Here .  

Important Insurance Information
With Illinois ABLE, a member of the National Able Alliance, members  can save for qualified disability expenses without losing eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid.  Illinois ABLE  offers a range of investment options to match both your goals and comfort with risk for every investor.  Members can even contribute to an FDIC-insured checking account that lets you withdraw money using a debit card. For more information, please Click Here  

Your Participation is Needed
The Deaf Health Communications and Quality of Life (DHCQoL) Center is conducting a national study that investigates health and quality of life outcomes in the deaf and hard of hearing population (PROMIS-DHH 
project).  This study has been approved by Gallaudet University's Insti tutional Review Board (IRB).  We invite our alumni who are at least 18 years of age to participate in this study.  Ea ch participant will receive a $25 American Express gift card as a gratuity.  For more information or to register, please Click Here to send an email to the study director. 
Fundraising Corner!
Events and benefits...
Child's Voice is fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of several "third party events".  When an event or benefit collects funds through raffles or auctions, they need to donate the proceeds to a non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status.  Here are just a few partnerships we have over the next few months:  Wood Dale Charity Gala, DuPage Human Race and Kendra Scott Gives Back. 

Donation Dish...Where are donations currently going?
Currently we are raising money for SMART Boards in each classroom.  These boards are making a big impact in class and the students love them. We are so grateful for your investment in this! Thanks to you and many civic partners, we have installed 5 boards - ONLY 4 more to go!  Thank you for your support!  
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!
Upcoming Events

Addison Public Library WorldFest 2018 - April 14th
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the library will celebrate cultures from all over the world with entertainment, refreshments and crafts.     

Early Childhood Symposium - April 27th
The Early Childhood Symposium will be held from 
7:30     a.m. to noon  on  Friday, April 27th, at the Wheaton Park   District Community Center.   To   register, 
please Click  Here

DuPage Human Race benefiting Child's Voice - April 28th
& Inaugral Gatherings & Get-Togethers Event
Join us for the 5K or after the race for an informal family get-together at Miller's Ale House in Lombard.  For more information,  Click Here .

Kendra Scott Gives Back- May 3rd
Join u s for a fundraising event at the Kendra Scott in Oak Brook  from 5:30 pm to 7:30.  Sip & Shop for your Mother's Day gifts and Child's Voice will
receive 20% of all sales.


Child's Voice Recognition Ceremony - May 17th  
Wood Dale Junior High at 5:30PM

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