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Rachel C. Patient Expert

Atlanta, Georgia
Nearly 18 years ago, I did not understand what sounds meant to me. Every morning for the first few weeks, when I was a rough little three-year old child, my mother had to sit on me in order to get the magnet on my head. I know that sounds cruel of my mother, but I am grateful to her for doing this... Full Bio
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“That Kid” Who Won’t Sit Still: 12 Tips for Making Therapy Work by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We’ve all met “That Kid.”  The one who has seemingly endless energy.  The one you have to brace yourself for before he enters the room.  The one who can never, ever seem to ... Read on »
Do You Teach Lipreading? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When I tell people that my job is teaching children with hearing loss to listen and talk without the use of sign language, it usually stops people in their tracks for a minu ... Read on »
How to Give a Communication Options Talk… Without Doing Most of the Talking by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of my favorite things to do as an Auditory Verbal Therapist is to meet with families of newly identified children for their initial evaluation.  It’s such a privilege fo ... Read on »
Why Not Baby Signs? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Even parents who have chosen a listening and spoken language outcome for their children often ask, “Should we use baby signs?” just to fill the gap during the time from iden ... Read on »
Lies, D*mned Lies, and Statistics: How to Understand Research by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness “There are three kinds of lies: lies, d*mned lies, and statistics.”  – Mark Twain It can certainly seem that way, can’t it?  Most people are not given the opportunity to tak ... Read on »
For Children with Hearing Loss, Not Just Any SLP Will Do by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) by training.  I think SLPs are great!  But I strongly believe that for children with hearing loss, not just any SLP will do.  Why? S ... Read on »
What to Expect On Activation Day by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here!  After the process of candidacy assessments, choosing a device, and surgery, it’s finally time to activate the cochlear impl ... Read on »
Just One Hurdle: A Strategy for Teaching New Skills by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness On your mark… get set… go! In a track and field competition, runners race around the track, jumping hurdle after hurdle in an attempt to be the first to the finish line.  It ... Read on »
Elizabeth’s Update by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Yesterday, Rachel shared some exciting news about her upcoming service in the Peace Corps.  Just as she will be moving to a new country, I have, too!  My husband and I recen ... Read on »
Rachel’s Update by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I have some exciting personal news to share with the community. The video is closed caption. Just click on “CC.”*     Elizabeth also has some exciting news to share too. Ple ... Read on »
Back to School Giveaway Contest WINNER by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Congratulations to Cynthia, the winner of the TCL Vibe alarm clock from our Back to School Giveaway Contest.  She wrote: Would love this for my daughter! We hope your daught ... Read on »
Great Mistakes by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I have a confession: I love mistakes.  I love when kids make them, I love when parents make them, and I even love when I make them, too!   As hard as it is for a […] Read on »
Back to School GIVEAWAY: Vibrating Alarm Clock by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It’s almost time to go back to school… which means getting back in the routine of early morning wake-ups!  Vibrating alarm clocks are a great solution for people with hearin ... Read on »
Nick News Review: Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last night, the children’s news program Nick News with Linda Ellerbee was all about kids who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The program featured stories from five different t ... Read on »
2014 Back to School Guide for Students with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness If you’re looking for our Ultimate College Guide for university students or high schoolers with hearing loss considering post-secondary education, click HERE.  If you’re int ... Read on »
Change One Family’s Life at a Time with a Click of a Mouse by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness About seven years ago, I received an email from a deaf mother, which was sent through this website, Cochlear Implant Online.  She told me that she grew up learning to speak ... Read on »
8,000 Fans MEGA GIVEAWAY Contest — WINNERS! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Thank you to everyone who entered our 8,000 Fans MEGA GIVEAWAY Contest, and thank you to our great sponsors, Hearing Henry and TheBeBopShop. Congratulations to our winners: ... Read on »
8,000 Facebook Fans MEGA GIVEAWAY CONTEST! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Can you believe it was only back in February 2014 when we hit 7,000 fans on our Facebook page?  Now, just five short months later, we’re at the 8,000 mark!  That’s 8,000 p ... Read on »
What Do I Do With Old Hearing Equipment? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness What should I do with previous generations of CI processors that I have around the house? A family member passed away and now I have her hearing aids.  Who could use them? W ... Read on »
(Don’t Make Me Say the F-Word) Flashcard-Free Vocabulary by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Children with hearing loss are at particular risk for deficits in vocabulary.  Even when children perform within normal limits when compared to hearing peers on other lang ... Read on »