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Summer Workshop 2019

August 7th, 2019

Last week, we held a week-long ASL workshop.  We were pleased with the attendance and outcomes – more people signing with a little more confidence and new connections we have made with a pre-school were our little student Natalia will be attending!

Our school director, Betsy, was assisted by Valie Carrillo (our maintenance man) and Jennifer Woods (visiting ASL teacher from the States). With the occasional assist of Mike and Glenda Coupe, the class had plenty of models for great signing.  We played lots of games to keep everyone’s attention – the morning sessions were 3 hours – and to keep everyone learning. What a great week!

We are already thinking and scheduling for the 2020 version of the workshop so if you are interested in learning ASL and wanted to join us, let me know!

TALLERES en ASL

July 27th, 2019

We have the multi-purpose room ready for our summer workshop.

Estamos listos para los talleres de señas ASL.

 

 

 

 

 

Esperamos 12 personas a las 9 a.m. el lunes para el taller de maestros y/o personas aprendiendo ASL para sus professiones.

We are expecting 12 people at 9 a.m. on Monday for a workshop for teacher and/or people learning ASL for their jobs.

 

 

Por la tarde, tendremos un taller SILENCIOSO planificado para cualquier persona interesada en ampliar sus destrezas expresivas en señas.

In the evening, we will have a SILENT workshop for anyone interested in adding to their expressive skills in signing.

 

Si tiene interes, ven el lunes para juntarse con nosotros.

If you are interested, come on Monday to join us.

ASL for Teachers of PreSchoolers

July 2nd, 2019

 

  • OBJETIVOS:
    • SERVIR COMO MODELO DE LENGUAJE (ESPAÑOL VISUAL) PARA ESTUDIANTES AUDIO-IMPEDIDO
    • COMMUNICAR EN EL SALON DE CLASES DIRECTAMENTE Y FACILMENTE CON UN ESTUDIANTE AUDIO-IMPEDIDO
    • HABLAR EN VOZ Y CON SEÑAS SIMULTANEAMENTE PARA AYUDAR LA COMPRENSION DEL ESTUDIANTE AUDIO-IMPEDIDO

BENFICIOS DE ESTE CURSO PARA LOS ESTUDIANTES PRE-ESCOLARES AUDIO-IMPEDIDOS/SORDOS y SUS MAESTROS:

  1. LOS PEQUEÑOS SORDOS NO TIENEN CONOCIMIENTO DE LENGUAJE DE SEÑAS HASTA QUE ALGUIEN LES ENSEÑA LAS SEÑAS.
  2. COMO SU PRIMERO MAESTRO, USTED ESTARA SU ACCESO PRIMARIO A APRENDIZAJE.
  3. SIN ACCESO A LENGUAJE POR SUS OIDOS, LOS NIÑOS SORDOS NO DESARROLLAN DESTREZAS SOCIALES, EMOCIONALES NI LINGUISTICAS
  4. CON ACCESO A LENGUAJE DE SEÑAS, LENGUAJE VISUAL, LOS NIÑOS SORDOS DESARROLLAN DESTREZAS LINGUISTICAS Y SOCIALES COMO SUS PARES OYENTES
  • VOCABULARIO EN SEÑAS:
    • ABECEDARIO
    • ANIMALES
    • ADJETIVOS
    • COLORES
    • NUMEROS
    • PALABRAS ESCOLARES

REUNIREMOS diariamente de LUNES, 29 DE JULIO de 2019 hasta VIERNES, 2 DE AGOSTO de 9 a.m. – mediodíaen el salón multiuso del Colegio Cristiano y Capilla Para Los Sordos.

El costo del curso estará $50 por persona. Descuentos disponibles para grupos de maestro/as de la misma escuela.

2 personas por $80
3 personas por $120
4 personas por $150

Escuelas sin fines de lucros pueden pedir un costo mínimo para sus maestras.

Cualquier maestro interesado debe llamar – podriamos hacer planes para tutorias o clases para grupos pequenos.

Carretera 983 Km 2.0, Barrio Pitahaya, Sector Casa Blanca, Luquillo PR 00773
Ver más en la página www.cscdluquillo.com

Envia texto al 787-435-1757 para separar su espacio. El grupo tiene límite de 12 personas. Paga en adelante para reservar su espacio y para preparar los libros y materiales.
OTRAS FECHAS DISPONIBLE. LLAMA AL COLEGIO PARA HABLAR DE UN TALLER PARA SU PROGRAMA.


This summer, we are holding a workshop for teachers of pre-schoolers who would like to learn sign language vocabulary for any reason.  We have a few pre-schoolers in the area who are hearing-impaired and will be teaching their teachers vocabulary and techniques for use in a classroom with a child with a hearing-impairment.

If you are interested in a basic sign language class – get in touch.  The contact info is on the flyer.

 

End of School Year Celebration

May 25th, 2019

 

Diego receives his 1st grade awardWe started our LAST DAY celebration with a handbell number followed by a PPT recognizing DIEGO for completing the work of FIRST GRADE!  We were SO excited to have his entire family with us and Diego did an amazing job of sitting during the procedures and signing our song to honor and thank the parents for their support.

Zuleika received an award for EFFORT; Glenda and Betsy exchanged gifts

 

Zuleika was next on the Awards List – her efforts to begin learning as a young adult were recognized. Glenda gave Betsy a gorgeous orchid in thanks for her work with the school this year

mizael participated and received 2 awards

 

 

Mizael attended the activity! Though still ill, he was able to play a bell part in our opening.  He received an award for his interest in SCIENCE – though sick, he has been working hard on a science project to be revealed at a later date.  We also presented him with the samurai sword – part of our Bible Sword Drill program – and the admonishment to continue to study his memory verses and to BATTLE ON in his medical appointments.

Larimar was recongized for her accomplishments

Larimar was recognized for her diligence in her studies – she is working non-stop to complete her Level 11 studies before leaving us for North Carolina to which her family is moving during the summer. After her own awards ceremony, Larimar went to see her mother graduate from her nurses’ training program.  It was a great day for her family!

Pastor Rosendo Arvizu spoke; the board members are recognized

It is always an honor for me to interpret for the pastor of my church here in Fajardo. Pastor Rosendo presented a message to us all from Joshua 1. His message was encouraging as well as challenging to each of us to be strong and courageous in our walk with God.

We got a few pictures of the group. Oh, and the Board of Directors and support workers, Valie and Mackay, were given a COMPASS bracelet with the encouragement to continue to seek God’s direction for their own lives and our ministry.

Palmas Community Church brought lunch for everyone; Brother Bau prayed for us.Our activity began at 10:25 and ended at 12:25 with LUNCH brought to us by the Palmas Community Church. They are a special group of people who come each month to encourage us just by remembering us.  We are so thankful for this church and all of the others represented at the activity.

AND our summer newsletter is DONE – yours may be in the mail soon, but you can open and read it here if you like: WTH_Summer2019_small  If you want to print it, this one will print on ONE 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, double-sided.  Please choose LANDSCAPE for the layout.

 

48 hours

May 22nd, 2019

Hard to believe but OH SO TRUE, in 48 hours we will be looking back on the 2018-2019 school year.

The above 3 students and their families will be attendance at our closing.  Little Natalia has a busy day of appointments and therapies because that’s what little Deaf girls do on Fridays!  Mizael has been sicker than before – of course, there is a cumulative effect on his body so any more illness seems worse than any previous sick-day – so keep him in your prayers.

While his teacher was explaining to Diego today that they had only ONE MORE DAY OF SCHOOL, he got an oh so serious look on his face. WHAT? Yes after tomorrow, no more school for… and looking through the daily calendar, located August 12 – THIS many days. WHAT?

Yes Diego, no more you and me sitting at this table for 2 whole months.

WHAT?

Oh dear, but I will take you to ASL camp with me and you will come to my church camp and we will still see each other…

Oh dear… imagine being home where no one takes time to sit with JUST YOU and play a game with JUST YOU?  Imagine being on the outside of most conversations because the conversations flow SO quickly that to follow them by sight, by lipreading, it’s impossible to keep up?  Imagine being immersed in an environment where no one is aware that you are missing out?  That’s the life of most Deaf children. Pray for the kids in the summer time.  Pray for the Deaf adults for whom this is daily life.  Pray for workers who will come and be WITH them…

And praise God that He is always with us…

40th annual World Mission to the Deaf Conference

April 18th, 2019

WMD Conference June 8 2019

Click above link for a printable flyer.

June 8, 2019. 3:30 p.m.

Bob Rumball Centre of Excellence for the Deaf

Toronto Ontario Canada

Speaker: Gilberto Martinez,

former student of the Evangelical School for the Deaf

Mizael’s story

April 14th, 2019

Mizael has been diagnosed with a vestibular disorder that is associated with his deafness. Mizael has missed a great portion of the school year due to dizziness, nausea, medical appointments, motion sickness, and headaches.

With all of the analyses, the doctor suggests doing a cochlear implant so that his health will improve and his dizziness will lessen. Some of the medical costs and costs of therapy and recovery will not be covered by the insurance and we are praying for your cooperation to help us with this.

Please feel free to share with others for prayer support as well as possible financial support through GOFUNDME.Thanks!

 

sick kids’ month

March 29th, 2019

This month, I have had more time on my hands to do office and school administration work.  We have only 4 students!  HOW can I have so much admin to do?!

School insurance needs to be kept up.  The school license documents need to be prepared for our renewal of license. Reports need to be written.  IEP (Individual Educational Profiles) need to be kept current. And then there is the accountant and his questions about accounts and payments. Tax season!

So the extra time has been good for the administrator (me) but the extra time has meant that the teacher (me) is not as content as she would normally like to be.

THIS GIRL above pictured has been in a hospital for 2+ weeks now.  She was in hospital 1 for a week, released for 24 hours, returned to the emergency room and was ambulanced to hospital 2 which has better facilities to take care of the complications.  She’s in the Pediatric ICU. I’ve been doing “relief” work so her mom can get home to take care of the other kids a little.  The ICU has good nursing care too which makes it easier for her mom to feel secure in leaving her alone in the hospital for a few hours.

This one thing I KNOW:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

So as I drive to hospital 2 (it’s an hour’s drive away) and as I stand in hospital corridors or sit in hospital chairs and listen to whomever is nearby or talk with Larimar (sometimes she just wants a story and I love to story-tell) this is in my head, in my heart pounding away – the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases… so even though the new results seem worse than the previous study’s results, we are trusting the heart of our ever loving Father in Heaven.

In addition to this saga, my boys are both not in school today due to medical appointments and/or health issues.

Well, Deaf children are often multiply-challenged and so are these. Part of this day and age of working with children is addressing their specific needs in individual ways.  Working out how to get a boy who gets dizzy from lights to do online-work from home… maybe we need to resort to paper and pencil but he’s often too weak or dizzy to use his eyes… so I resort to prayer and seeking God’s peace for HIM (my student and his family) and me.

Pray for me as I walk alongside these families and their children with special SPECIAL needs. May I bring God’s peace and love to the situation. May “a merry heart do good like medicine” (Prov 17:22) and may my merriness not insult the gravity of the situations.

Yesterday I was kidding with Larimar and she started to cry!  NO!  Then her mom said, “What did you say?”

I had said, ” seriously, if you wanted to avoid a book report, we could have made a different plan”

Her mom said, “Don’t lie!  What did you say to upset her?

Larimar said, “She’s telling the truth! (cry cry cry)”

So I found a new subject and we had some more smiles… I left her smiling last night!

Pray that she continues to smile today!

Betsy

 

Pray for some little friends

March 7th, 2019

 

Needed:  one (or more) 7(ish) year old hearing-impaired or Deaf children to accompany Diego on his educational journey.

His teacher is older than his grandmother and she needs some help in the PLAY department… The other students are older too and don’t exactly want to swing and play baseball during recess time. Pray with us for the next group of little ones to join in the learning fun.

Needed: one (or more) 2ish something hearing-impaired or Deaf children to accompany Natalie on her educational journey.

It’s just more fun to learn with a friend and have someone to talk with other than the older people around you.

We truly know that language is best learned in community.  We have established an environment that is linguistically rich and visually accessible for our students. Pray with us for the little ones in the area – we hear of some in public schools where they are not linguistically stimulated, where they are developing delays in their linguistic development due to the non-accessibility of a visual stimulus accompanying their language experience. Deaf children learn by SEEing and DOing.  Hearing children learn by hearing.   English and Spanish are but auditory languages.  They do not reach into the brains of a child who has a hearing loss of any significant levels.

And hearing aids don’t FIX things the same way glasses can fix things. My students all have hearing losses into the orange region of the audiogram at this LINK. They do not hear most of the speech sounds without extra help – that means raising my voice, using a hearing aid or other amplification. Most parents don’t take the time to look their hard-of-hearing/Deaf child in the face to have a conversation.  So the child misses out on 82.9% (totally off the cuff estimation) of what is said. They are left wondering, guessing, trying to fill in the blanks.

On the other hand, most parents don’t raise a HAND to help their hearing-impaired child:

About 90%of the deaf population has two hearing parents and 88% of those parents do not know sign language. LINK HERE

And so I know there are children experiencing LANGUAGE DEPRIVATION simply because someone told their parents that having an interpreter is the answer.  Suppose you don’t know ASL (American Sign Language) and you travel to China and you are given an ASL-Chinese interpreter.  How much are you going to learn about China from watching the ASL interpreter?

Exactly what a child who doesn’t KNOW ASL faces when watching someone batting their hands around in first grade.  The child MUST be in a place to learn the language so that they can then access the materials of learning. How does one learn a language? Come on, you know.  You learned a language.  You are reading this.  YES!  You learned by listening to your world from the time your ears developed (about week 16 of gestation inside your mom) you were learning the language of your world. But a child born deaf missed out on even that opportunity. Of course, some babies are born hearing and then lose the sense through trauma… but alas, without a language, they are left behind.

And so, would you pray for those children who are in this area, on this island?  Because we have some lovely little ones here beginning to learn ASL and speaking and communicating in glorious ways… and my heart breaks every time I meet a small child who is SO isolated because the significant forces at work for the child haven’t grasped the idea that LANGUAGE development is IMPERATIVE to life experience and learning.

Thanks for praying.  Thanks for your interest.