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Amy D.

I am a stay at home mother to 7 children. My blog is about my youngest child Ava, who was born profoundly deaf in June, 2008. She received cochlear implants and had them activated when she was 10 months old. Today she has age appropriate speech and language. The blog is about Ava's journey to... Full Bio
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One year later! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness All is well here for Ava, who is now 5 and a half and has been hearing for nearly 5 years (April).  Her senior kindergarten year has been smooth sailing; esp ... Read on »
Still Here/Hear! Travelling, Reading and FM Systems by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Waiting for our plane to arrive My older daughter pointed out last week that I haven't blogged since October!  I really didn't have much to blog about tha ... Read on »
Ava starts Kindergarten! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ava in her uniform Ava started Kindergarten this month.  It has been going super well.  I had some reservations as Ava's school implemented a full day progr ... Read on »
Summer Camp! (and another speech sample) by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ava has been spending a few weeks this summer doing full day camp programs.  She will be starting full day kindergarten this fall.  She has adjusted extremely well being ... Read on »
Meeting Rachel! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Today was an extra special day for us, definitely one of the highlights of my year. Let me tell you why. Rachel and Ava A few years ago,  while in the m ... Read on »
Ava has graduated from Pre School! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ava receiving her diploma from her teachers Sueann and Tahlia Read on »
Pensive Ava by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ava refuses to wear her CI's first thing in the morning.  Upon awakening, she wants to play a little by herself and eat breakfast in total silence.  During this time she b ... Read on »
Social Interactions of Kids with hearing loss in School by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My husband and I attended at lecture at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto last week.  The topic discussed was Social Interactions of Kids with Cochlear Implants in S ... Read on »
Friendships by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Sara and Ava   Ava had her first school mate playdate. Little Sara's mother overheard Ava and Sara at school making plans to go to each othe ... Read on »
Ten On Tuesday and Speech Sample by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 1. Ava's left processor went kaputz a couple weeks ago. We were so worried that it was the internal device. The processor kept flashing a slow amber light. We swapped ev ... Read on »
Thankful! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Today is our Thanksgiving here in Canada. There are many reasons to be thankful today. Here are my top reasons to be thankful. I am thankful for..... 1. Cochlear Im ... Read on »
Keep the conversation going. by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We've spent the last two years teaching Ava to learn to listen and speak. She can talk about her feelings. She can listen to a story and is starting to understand and ... Read on »
Ten on Tuesday! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 1. Ava is starting school in a couple weeks! Oh, pardon me, as Ava would correct me, "I'm going to PRE school!" She is very excited and points out her school everytime we ... Read on »
Just chilling and enjoying the summer! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It's been a month since I last posted. Ava is enjoying her summer so much. She has done two weeks of half day summer day camp. No CI issues whatsoever. She would come home ... Read on »
Happy 3rd Birthday Ava! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ava turned 3 today! We had a small celebration at home with most of her brothers and sisters since I unfortunately had to get strep throat of all days! I had to cancel A ... Read on »
Ten on Tuesday by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 1. Ava is toilet trained. Yay! Still wears pull-ups at night. That's okay with me! 2. Since Ava is toilet trained, I was able to sign her up for some good ole summer ... Read on »
Worried.... by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Up until now, almost all of my posts have been fairly positive. Ava has been doing very well with her CI's, but perhaps not as well as we thought. Ever since Ava was disch ... Read on »
HAPPY 2ND HEARING BIRTHDAY, AVA! by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Ava's hearing is two years old today. We are as happy as ever with her progress and the beautiful "hearing" girl she has become. There is no doubt that she LOVES her ... Read on »
Ten on Tuesday (Thursday) by Amy D. Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I love the "Ten on Tuesday" posts written by my other CI mom friends such as this and this and this . I love how you don't have to have a particular topic to write about, ... Read on »