Kat Reading

Kat Reading

Friday, January 16, 2009

Go fish

We start back up at AVT today. I am very excited. Miss Kat is doing well, and I believe this is a very critical time for her. I think that if she gets the right services and follow up, her spoken language is going to take off. She is ready, I'm sure of it!

We still haven't figured out exactly what we want for Miss Kat's placement and IEP. I have asked the coordinator from the oral program to attend, and I told our principal to make sure that people who can make decisions will be there. I don't want to hear "We don't have the authority to approve that." I told them that we need to discuss having a "voicing interpreter" or maybe a split placement. Maybe Miss Kat could attend her bi-bi school in the mornings and the oral program in the afternoons. We haven't figured out the perfect solution yet, but I am sure we will.

So, now to the reason for the post today. Miss Kat learned how to play "Go Fish" last night. She had a really good time. She received some cards from Santa in her stocking. They were numbered 1-9 and they had Disney characters on them. So, we explained the rules to Miss Kat and did a few practice hands. She picked up on the game really fast. When we were sure she understood, we stopped signing. Miss Kat did wonderfully! She was able to understand all the numbers we were asking for, and she voiced for herself (she always signs too) and we played probably 8 hands like that. She is so amazing! When did she learn this stuff???

1 comment:

Dianrez said...

It sounds as if a split program would be the most creative solution toward giving her a balance of both ASL and AVT instruction.

She needs above all a fluency in reading English: if you had to prioritize only one of the methods, this would be it. Reading gets more deaf people through college than any other methods.

Undeniably, this is a visual approach where AVT has a theory about developing aural approaches that de-emphasizes the visual. I'm glad you are emphasizing both: the visual as well as the aural.