|Orion and Dad swings away at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX.|
My mind has been brimming with continuous feed of newfound knowledge, realizations, discoveries, developments that's been keeping me away from blogging lately.
What's the inspiration? Deafblind Intervener information! I was invited to test some Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) online modules that were developed for intervener training (not available nationwide yet, still in development). From the modules I've been a "student" in, I picked up increased awareness and skills I can use with Orion.
I can tell you right now Orion LOVES affirmation. Affirmation is letting him know I see what he's doing, I recognize his actions, basically by copying what he does. He laughs, he smiles in response… we're having experiences together. I could go on and on about the other things I've been enlightened with. Another day!
In addition to testing, I am also so honored to be a contributor in one of the upcoming modules as a parent of a deafblind child. The contributors are teachers (of the Deaf/HH and/or Vision), interveners, state outreach specialists, parents and so on. I am learning so much from my module buddies!
You can read a little more about the OHOA modules at: https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2269
You can watch an upcoming webinar, "Looking to the Future of Deaf-Blind Services and the Role of Interveners", (February 12, 2014 at 3 pm). You don't need to register to participate. It will be captioned and recorded. To link to the webinar, visit https://nationaldb.org/events/detail/0/187
Life isn't all rosy, yes, I'll take life with the pits and stray bones… I am so thankful for things to be motivated about. Orion is growing up, his communication is developing slowly but truly, I'm tuned-in better on his movements. I'm puzzled more because I recognize meaningful movements and need to figure them out. I know what to watch for now and how to respond to Orion when he makes certain movements. I feel empowered and able to elaborate interactions with Orion and his environment. (It takes a village to raise a Deafblind child. His teacher and intervener at school are doing their part, too.)