I was on a parent's panel a few days again, and one of the other parents said that their daughter (age 12) is very embarrassed by her CI. She thinks that everyone is staring at it. So, I decided to ask Miss Kat what she would say to such a girl. Here was her response:
"I would say that they are just curious. You are deaf and that makes you special. Everyone is different, and that is ok."
It was beautiful. She was empathetic, but also completely matter of fact. It was so amazing to here her articulate how she felt and how she would encourage someone who was having trouble. She is growing up so fast!