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“In what country is Mount Everest located?”

The answer is… Nepal!

Thousands of schools in the United States participate in the annual National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

Earlier this year, Will (a Listen and Talk alum in the 8th grade) and two dozen of his schoolmates were challenged with questions about geography, history, and the world around us. These regional competitions were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine a School Champion.

After several rounds of tense competition, Will was the last student standing and was crowned champion of The Overlake School in Redmond. Hooray!

   

As the School Champion, Will was selected as one of the elite students who will compete at the Washington State National Geographic State Bee this Friday, March 31 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The State Champion will win some cool stuff ($100 and the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition) and a trip to our nation’s capital to represent our state by competing in the National Geographic Bee Championship in May, where the winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and the title of National Champion.

Everyone at Listen and Talk is rooting for you, Will!

Do you have what it takes to be the next National Geographic Bee Champion? Learn more about the Bee, take a mini-test, or download their app by visiting Nat Geo’s website.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.



global-giving-photo-projects

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world, making it possible for nonprofits all over the world (including Listen and Talk) to access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place. We are excited to announce 5 new GlobalGiving projects that you can help support!

 


Dear Friends,

From all of us at Listen and Talk, we send the warmest wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy new year.

There is much for which to be grateful and as 2016 comes to a close, we are humbled and honored to serve the children and families who seek our help. We will continue to strive toward our vision that no child be limited by hearing loss and seek ways to expand and enhance our programs. We have several exciting initiatives to share with you:

 


The Gift of Music

global-giving-photo-music

Music to Help Children Learn to Listen
This project will provide support to Listen and Talk’s music program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Music is a powerful tool in enriching a child’s listening skills as they learn to listen and talk. Musical instruments, song books, and specialized materials available in our music program can help families make music an integral part of their everyday lives. #music #discovery #artsandculture

 


The Gift of Sound Access

global-giving-photo-hd-loaner-bank

Help them Hear! Hearing Device Loaner Bank
Listen and Talk will establish a hearing technology loaner bank serving 200 families/year. Children attending Listen and Talk use high-tech hearing devices to give them access to sound. Specialists help them develop the ability to listen when using their hearing devices. The loaner bank will allow for learning to listen even when a personal device is in repair. #soundaccess #hearingdevices #uninterruptedlearning

 


The Gift of Knowledge

global-giving-photo-building-capacity

Building Capacity in Underserved Regions
There is a shortage of qualified providers in many regions of Washington State. The goal of this project is to advance the skill development of birth-to-three providers serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, in underserved areas of WA. #knowledge #mentorship #outreach

 


The Gift of Language


global-giving-photo-ell

English Language Learners: Equitable Communication
This project will build a library of specialized educational materials for non-English speaking families whose child is deaf or hard of hearing, and learning to use listening and spoken language to communicate. #language #communication #equity

 


The Gift of Technology


global-giving-photo-technology

Technology to Tap Toddler Talk
This project will provide technology that measures the quality and quantity of interactive talk. This, in turn, will help families enrich their child’s listening environment and communication and better enable their child who is deaf or hard of hearing to develop rich spoken language and listening skills for learning. #technology #information #statistics

 


 

Please consider making a year-end contribution to Listen and Talk or specifically to one of these projects and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. All donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by law.

With deep gratitude,

Suzanne Quigley, PhD, CCC-A
Executive Director

 

 



OH, THE PLACES WE’LL GO! – 2017 BENEFIT AND AUCTION

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Join our Newsletter mailing list to ensure you receive a digital invitation! We will be delivering an e-vite in December, with a link to buy tickets online.

Can’t attend? Make a 100% tax-deductible donation today!

Click here for more details!



Sound Bites Hunter and Riley

“Hunter and Riley wanted to come back and visit the students at Listen and Talk. It was tough to logistically get them here today, but we knew it was worth it, so we made it happen… Our daughters received early intervention services and attended preschool here. When they entered grade school, they were right on par with their peers…the school was impressed at how well Listen and Talk had prepared the girls! It really confirmed our decision to bring them here. Our whole extended family has so much appreciation and respect for Listen and Talk. Hunter and Riley are happy, well-adjusted, and brilliant kids and because of Listen and Talk, their potential knows no bounds.”



Sound Bites Ariele

“This was the FM system I used 20 years ago when I was a child with hearing loss. It’s amazing how hearing technology has changed. Back then, it wasn’t as simple as connecting a receiver to a hearing aid or implant. Now, it’s better, more efficient, more reliable. Here’s a polaroid of me as a preschooler with my educational audiologist. I had her support until I graduated from high school. Now, I’m a Teacher of the Deaf. And when I am working with a kiddo who is frustrated with their FM, I like to share this story. I hope it gives them some perspective about how far hearing technology has come.”



Early_Intervention_Family

Listen and Talk is deeply committed to family centered services. Our Early Intervention providers coach families to help them understand the process of helping their child develop listening and spoken language skills in a natural, playful way. Through supported practice, a family learns to help their child respond to and interpret sounds, building a foundation upon which spoken language and learning will grow.

When we initiated a telehealth model of service delivery (Virtual Home Visits or VHV), we were intent on making sure that parents received the coaching and support that would help their family be successful. With the results of the study described in our previous report and interviews with families, we are learning that parents CAN get their needs met through a telehealth model of service delivery. Now some of our families are asking we provide services solely through VHV!

We had the opportunity to interview some of these parents in an effort to better understand the reasons for their preference. Here are some highlights:

Question:
Do you feel your needs are being met better with in-home visits or virtual home visits?

Parent 1 Answer:
“I do better with VHV because it forces me to practice on my own —rather than rely on the therapist to run the session… I find I have more confidence doing the whole session myself after a virtual visit.”

Parent 2 Answer:

“VHV is either the same or better… Before, when I had in-home services, I would sit back and watch the therapist… Now, sessions are tailored to how I would perform as opposed to how any given therapist would do it… I guess that could be perceived as better or worse—depending on how I am doing with it!”

Thanks to our donors, we are developing evidence-based methods for meeting the complex needs of families no matter where they live! Thank you for your support!

This is from a report to our donors from our project on Global Giving: “Using Technology to Serve Children Who are Deaf (or Hard of Hearing)” We invite you to join the Global Giving fundraising community to give directly to this project!



CAROLINE

Congratulations to Listen and Talk alum, Caroline, for her recent award from AG Bell’s Writing and Art Contest for Better Hearing and Speech Month! Caroline’s illustration, “My Hamster’s Noise on the Wheel” was awarded “Winner in Art: Elementary School or younger” as a response to the topic/question: “What is your favorite sound that you can hear with your hearing technology?”

CAROLINE_DRAWING

Caroline’s original artwork received high praise from contest judges: “A whimsical piece of art about something we may take for granted but a sound enjoyed by the artist!”

The winning entries will be displayed at the 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Harborside Foyer Exhibit Area. Click here to learn more about the winners and their entries!

“Caroline was diagnosed with bilateral moderate hearing loss at birth and was aided shortly after. Her hearing loss continued to progress until her left ear was implanted one year ago. She now wears one hearing aid and one cochlear implant. Caroline was lucky to be diagnosed so early and went through a superb listening and spoken language program [at Listen and Talk] from birth until Kindergarten. She worked hard enough to never fall behind her hearing peers. She continues to thrive in mainstream public school.

Caroline’s favorite sound was inspired by her pet hamster, Pip. Pip makes a very soft, very cute pitter patter when she runs on her hamster wheel. Thanks to her cochlear implant, Caroline can lie in bed reading and happily listen to the quiet noises of her hamster!”

Our alumni students continue to inspire our community by sharing their unique experience with listening and spoken language, in creative and powerful ways. We can’t wait to see what’s next!



PHOENIX_BLOG

May is “Better Speech and Hearing Month” and we are celebrating Listen and Talk’s vision that no child is limited by hearing loss. Through fundraising events with our friends at the University Lions Club and The Seattle Foundation, we are raising awareness of the powerful work happening in our community to support children who are deaf or hard of hearing and raising the funds necessary to continue delivering services to the families who need them.

University Lions Club

2015LIONS

The University Lions Club is one of the largest and oldest service clubs in the region. The Club was chartered in 1924 and continues to be a force in the Seattle Community. Members include business and professional men and women, retirees, clergy and educators. The motto of Lions Clubs International is “We Serve.” The University Lions Club strives to live up to that motto every day.

This year, the University Lions held their 44th Annual Auction, “Starry, Starry, Night for Hearing and Sight” on May 16th at the Washington Convention Center. Since 2005, Listen and Talk has been a proud beneficiary of the Fund-a-Need portion of the auction. Proceeds from the evening’s Fund-a-Need will make a direct and significant impact on the lives of the families and children we serve at Listen and Talk.

At this year’s event, we celebrated Phoenix Meabon, a pre-K student in our Blended Classroom program. The Meabon Family shared their story and spoke about their unique experience at Listen and Talk. You can read their whole story here!

In addition to supporting organizations like Listen and Talk through financial contributions and volunteer efforts, the University Lions service activities include:

  • Hearing loss awareness campaigns
  • Hearing screenings
  • Hearing aid recycling program
  • Recreational camps for children with hearing loss
  • Projects for the greater hearing loss community

Thank you, University Lions!

GiveBIG Results

2015 Give Big

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a 1-day, online charitable giving event inspiring people to give generously to nonprofit organizations across the region.

Our community made a BIG difference and raised a record $9,362 for Listen and Talk, and we will receive an additional prorated portion of the matching funds thanks to donors of The Seattle Foundation. Overall, 39,036 GiveBIG donors raised over $16.3 million dollars in 24 hours.

Although it was an amazing day of community giving, there are many ways for you to support Listen and Talk all year round! Learn more or Donate Now on our website through our secure online giving form.



“Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing!”

Sound Possibilities, our 9th Annual Benefit and Auction, took place at the Mountaineers Program Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The evening included exciting silent and live auctions, a rousing game of Heads or Tails, a sinfully sweet Dessert Dash,  a heartfelt parent testimonial from Jodi and Mark Kawabata, and a powerful video featuring the children of Listen and Talk’s early days—who are now all grown up!

 

EVENT PHOTOS

 



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GiveBIG to Listen and Talk on May 10

by Listen and Talk Staff

#GiveBIG to Listen and Talk!

Donate Now >> https://www.givebigseattle.org/listen-and-talk

Learn More >> http://mailchi.mp/listentalk/givebig2017



“In what country is Mount Everest located?”

The answer is… Nepal!

Thousands of schools in the United States participate in the annual National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

Earlier this year, Will (a Listen and Talk alum in the 8th grade) and two dozen of his schoolmates were challenged with questions about geography, history, and the world around us. These regional competitions were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine a School Champion.

After several rounds of tense competition, Will was the last student standing and was crowned champion of The Overlake School in Redmond. Hooray!

   

As the School Champion, Will was selected as one of the elite students who will compete at the Washington State National Geographic State Bee this Friday, March 31 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The State Champion will win some cool stuff ($100 and the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition) and a trip to our nation’s capital to represent our state by competing in the National Geographic Bee Championship in May, where the winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and the title of National Champion.

Everyone at Listen and Talk is rooting for you, Will!

Do you have what it takes to be the next National Geographic Bee Champion? Learn more about the Bee, take a mini-test, or download their app by visiting Nat Geo’s website.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.



global-giving-photo-projects

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world, making it possible for nonprofits all over the world (including Listen and Talk) to access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place. We are excited to announce 5 new GlobalGiving projects that you can help support!

 


Dear Friends,

From all of us at Listen and Talk, we send the warmest wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy new year.

There is much for which to be grateful and as 2016 comes to a close, we are humbled and honored to serve the children and families who seek our help. We will continue to strive toward our vision that no child be limited by hearing loss and seek ways to expand and enhance our programs. We have several exciting initiatives to share with you:

 


The Gift of Music

global-giving-photo-music

Music to Help Children Learn to Listen
This project will provide support to Listen and Talk’s music program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Music is a powerful tool in enriching a child’s listening skills as they learn to listen and talk. Musical instruments, song books, and specialized materials available in our music program can help families make music an integral part of their everyday lives. #music #discovery #artsandculture

 


The Gift of Sound Access

global-giving-photo-hd-loaner-bank

Help them Hear! Hearing Device Loaner Bank
Listen and Talk will establish a hearing technology loaner bank serving 200 families/year. Children attending Listen and Talk use high-tech hearing devices to give them access to sound. Specialists help them develop the ability to listen when using their hearing devices. The loaner bank will allow for learning to listen even when a personal device is in repair. #soundaccess #hearingdevices #uninterruptedlearning

 


The Gift of Knowledge

global-giving-photo-building-capacity

Building Capacity in Underserved Regions
There is a shortage of qualified providers in many regions of Washington State. The goal of this project is to advance the skill development of birth-to-three providers serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, in underserved areas of WA. #knowledge #mentorship #outreach

 


The Gift of Language


global-giving-photo-ell

English Language Learners: Equitable Communication
This project will build a library of specialized educational materials for non-English speaking families whose child is deaf or hard of hearing, and learning to use listening and spoken language to communicate. #language #communication #equity

 


The Gift of Technology


global-giving-photo-technology

Technology to Tap Toddler Talk
This project will provide technology that measures the quality and quantity of interactive talk. This, in turn, will help families enrich their child’s listening environment and communication and better enable their child who is deaf or hard of hearing to develop rich spoken language and listening skills for learning. #technology #information #statistics

 


 

Please consider making a year-end contribution to Listen and Talk or specifically to one of these projects and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. All donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by law.

With deep gratitude,

Suzanne Quigley, PhD, CCC-A
Executive Director

 

 



Save the Date!

by Listen and Talk Staff

OH, THE PLACES WE’LL GO! – 2017 BENEFIT AND AUCTION

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Join our Newsletter mailing list to ensure you receive a digital invitation! We will be delivering an e-vite in December, with a link to buy tickets online.

Can’t attend? Make a 100% tax-deductible donation today!

Click here for more details!



SOUND BITES: Hunter and Riley

by Listen and Talk Staff

Sound Bites Hunter and Riley

“Hunter and Riley wanted to come back and visit the students at Listen and Talk. It was tough to logistically get them here today, but we knew it was worth it, so we made it happen… Our daughters received early intervention services and attended preschool here. When they entered grade school, they were right on par with their peers…the school was impressed at how well Listen and Talk had prepared the girls! It really confirmed our decision to bring them here. Our whole extended family has so much appreciation and respect for Listen and Talk. Hunter and Riley are happy, well-adjusted, and brilliant kids and because of Listen and Talk, their potential knows no bounds.”



SOUND BITES: Ariele

by Listen and Talk Staff

Sound Bites Ariele

“This was the FM system I used 20 years ago when I was a child with hearing loss. It’s amazing how hearing technology has changed. Back then, it wasn’t as simple as connecting a receiver to a hearing aid or implant. Now, it’s better, more efficient, more reliable. Here’s a polaroid of me as a preschooler with my educational audiologist. I had her support until I graduated from high school. Now, I’m a Teacher of the Deaf. And when I am working with a kiddo who is frustrated with their FM, I like to share this story. I hope it gives them some perspective about how far hearing technology has come.”



Testimonials – Parent Empowerment

by Listen and Talk Staff

Early_Intervention_Family

Listen and Talk is deeply committed to family centered services. Our Early Intervention providers coach families to help them understand the process of helping their child develop listening and spoken language skills in a natural, playful way. Through supported practice, a family learns to help their child respond to and interpret sounds, building a foundation upon which spoken language and learning will grow.

When we initiated a telehealth model of service delivery (Virtual Home Visits or VHV), we were intent on making sure that parents received the coaching and support that would help their family be successful. With the results of the study described in our previous report and interviews with families, we are learning that parents CAN get their needs met through a telehealth model of service delivery. Now some of our families are asking we provide services solely through VHV!

We had the opportunity to interview some of these parents in an effort to better understand the reasons for their preference. Here are some highlights:

Question:
Do you feel your needs are being met better with in-home visits or virtual home visits?

Parent 1 Answer:
“I do better with VHV because it forces me to practice on my own —rather than rely on the therapist to run the session… I find I have more confidence doing the whole session myself after a virtual visit.”

Parent 2 Answer:

“VHV is either the same or better… Before, when I had in-home services, I would sit back and watch the therapist… Now, sessions are tailored to how I would perform as opposed to how any given therapist would do it… I guess that could be perceived as better or worse—depending on how I am doing with it!”

Thanks to our donors, we are developing evidence-based methods for meeting the complex needs of families no matter where they live! Thank you for your support!

This is from a report to our donors from our project on Global Giving: “Using Technology to Serve Children Who are Deaf (or Hard of Hearing)” We invite you to join the Global Giving fundraising community to give directly to this project!



And the winner is…

by Listen and Talk Staff

CAROLINE

Congratulations to Listen and Talk alum, Caroline, for her recent award from AG Bell’s Writing and Art Contest for Better Hearing and Speech Month! Caroline’s illustration, “My Hamster’s Noise on the Wheel” was awarded “Winner in Art: Elementary School or younger” as a response to the topic/question: “What is your favorite sound that you can hear with your hearing technology?”

CAROLINE_DRAWING

Caroline’s original artwork received high praise from contest judges: “A whimsical piece of art about something we may take for granted but a sound enjoyed by the artist!”

The winning entries will be displayed at the 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Harborside Foyer Exhibit Area. Click here to learn more about the winners and their entries!

“Caroline was diagnosed with bilateral moderate hearing loss at birth and was aided shortly after. Her hearing loss continued to progress until her left ear was implanted one year ago. She now wears one hearing aid and one cochlear implant. Caroline was lucky to be diagnosed so early and went through a superb listening and spoken language program [at Listen and Talk] from birth until Kindergarten. She worked hard enough to never fall behind her hearing peers. She continues to thrive in mainstream public school.

Caroline’s favorite sound was inspired by her pet hamster, Pip. Pip makes a very soft, very cute pitter patter when she runs on her hamster wheel. Thanks to her cochlear implant, Caroline can lie in bed reading and happily listen to the quiet noises of her hamster!”

Our alumni students continue to inspire our community by sharing their unique experience with listening and spoken language, in creative and powerful ways. We can’t wait to see what’s next!



No Child is Limited by Hearing Loss

by Listen and Talk Staff

PHOENIX_BLOG

May is “Better Speech and Hearing Month” and we are celebrating Listen and Talk’s vision that no child is limited by hearing loss. Through fundraising events with our friends at the University Lions Club and The Seattle Foundation, we are raising awareness of the powerful work happening in our community to support children who are deaf or hard of hearing and raising the funds necessary to continue delivering services to the families who need them.

University Lions Club

2015LIONS

The University Lions Club is one of the largest and oldest service clubs in the region. The Club was chartered in 1924 and continues to be a force in the Seattle Community. Members include business and professional men and women, retirees, clergy and educators. The motto of Lions Clubs International is “We Serve.” The University Lions Club strives to live up to that motto every day.

This year, the University Lions held their 44th Annual Auction, “Starry, Starry, Night for Hearing and Sight” on May 16th at the Washington Convention Center. Since 2005, Listen and Talk has been a proud beneficiary of the Fund-a-Need portion of the auction. Proceeds from the evening’s Fund-a-Need will make a direct and significant impact on the lives of the families and children we serve at Listen and Talk.

At this year’s event, we celebrated Phoenix Meabon, a pre-K student in our Blended Classroom program. The Meabon Family shared their story and spoke about their unique experience at Listen and Talk. You can read their whole story here!

In addition to supporting organizations like Listen and Talk through financial contributions and volunteer efforts, the University Lions service activities include:

  • Hearing loss awareness campaigns
  • Hearing screenings
  • Hearing aid recycling program
  • Recreational camps for children with hearing loss
  • Projects for the greater hearing loss community

Thank you, University Lions!

GiveBIG Results

2015 Give Big

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a 1-day, online charitable giving event inspiring people to give generously to nonprofit organizations across the region.

Our community made a BIG difference and raised a record $9,362 for Listen and Talk, and we will receive an additional prorated portion of the matching funds thanks to donors of The Seattle Foundation. Overall, 39,036 GiveBIG donors raised over $16.3 million dollars in 24 hours.

Although it was an amazing day of community giving, there are many ways for you to support Listen and Talk all year round! Learn more or Donate Now on our website through our secure online giving form.



Sound Possibilities

by Listen and Talk Staff

“Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing!”

Sound Possibilities, our 9th Annual Benefit and Auction, took place at the Mountaineers Program Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The evening included exciting silent and live auctions, a rousing game of Heads or Tails, a sinfully sweet Dessert Dash,  a heartfelt parent testimonial from Jodi and Mark Kawabata, and a powerful video featuring the children of Listen and Talk’s early days—who are now all grown up!

 

EVENT PHOTOS

 



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