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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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Repetition Without Boredom by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We know that you need thousands of hours of practice to become an expert at any skill, and many, many repetitions for something to stick. The same is true for children learn ... Read on »
Do You Know How to D-I-P? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When an infant or toddler first receives hearing technology, it’s an exciting day!  Shortly after, though, parents want to know, “When will he start to talk?”  Stop and list ... Read on »
Map Your Way to Better Speech by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Common “knowledge” says that hearing happens with the ears and speech happens with the mouth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In reality, the loop between our ... Read on »
Coaching the Parent Who Doesn’t Attend Therapy by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Due to family schedules, it’s usually the same parent or caregiver who is able to attend therapy with the child each week. Each session, this “present parent” receives coach ... Read on »
Just Right Challenge by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Psychologist Lev Vygotsky is credited with identifying the concept of the “Zone of Proximal Development.”  This “ZPD” is the area between what a learner can do without help ... Read on »
Working Smarter, Not Harder by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It’s very tempting to feel that you need to be “doing therapy” every waking hour of every day for your child to make progress. If you can do this, on top of cooking meals, d ... Read on »
Celebrating Hearing Birthdays by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hearing is an incredible gift, and one that people with hearing loss and their families do not take for granted.  Here are some ideas for how to make your “Hearing Birthday” ... Read on »
Conquer the Cafeteria by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I’ve written before about difficult listening situations: large group presentations, meetings at work, crowded restaurants, but one that comes up most frequently for student ... Read on »
Frequently Asked Questions About Speech and Articulation by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Here are some of the most common questions I hear about speech, articulation, and people with hearing loss. My child is [age] and doesn’t say the [b, f, s, k, etc.] sound ye ... Read on »
Cochlear Implants, Residual Hearing, and Hybrid CIs by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness “When you get a cochlear implant, all of your natural hearing is destroyed.” This used to be the common wisdom: get a cochlear implant, forgo any residual hearing (hearing t ... Read on »
FAQs about Hearing Loss, Hearing Technology, and Auditory Verbal Therapy by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When you meet someone new, one of the first questions we tend to ask is, “What do you do?”  When I tell people that I teach children with hearing loss to listen and speak, i ... Read on »
Busting the Myth of “Cochlear Implants Don’t Work” by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Opponents of cochlear implants, or CI skeptics, or even those who are neutral but uninformed often parrot the lines that “Some people just don’t do well with cochlear implan ... Read on »
Culturally Sensitive Therapy by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of my favorite parts of my job is the fact that I get to spend time with so many amazing, interesting, terrific families of children with hearing loss.  Thanks to teleth ... Read on »
Potty Training for Children with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Learning to use the toilet is a big developmental milestone for toddlers, and a big challenge for parents!  How can parents successfully navigate this age and stage, especia ... Read on »
Is This a “Hearing Loss Thing” or a “Kid Thing”? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of the most common questions I hear from parents is, “My child does XYZ.  Is this due to the hearing loss?”  I’ve heard all kinds of things — from the obvious (having di ... Read on »
Five Strategies to Encourage Your Child to Talk by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Here are five simple strategies you can use to encourage your child to expand their expressive language at home.  At first, it may seem overwhelming to keep them all in your ... Read on »
A “Why Not?” Attitude Toward Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Learning that your child has hearing loss can be a world-shaking event for parents.  The truth is, though millions of people around the world have hearing loss, most parents ... Read on »
Asking All the Right Questions by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It’s said that there’s no such thing as a stupid question.  But for therapists who want to communicate well with the families they serve, there are certainly some ways to as ... Read on »
“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 »