Wednesday, October 7, 2009

exciting news

I'm so excited to announce that we will be spending July 2010 in Los Angeles at the John Tracy Clinic!

Here's a little bit of background about the clinic from their website: "After Spencer and Louise Tracy's infant son was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in 1925, Louise Treadwell Tracy devoted her time and energy to studying how deaf children could be taught to communicate with the hearing and speaking world. She patiently guided her son, John, into an understanding of language and lip-reading. With her encouragement, he learned to speak. In 1942, Mrs. Tracy responded to a desperate call for help from twelve other mothers of young deaf children by founding John Tracy Clinic."

Every summer they offer 3, free 3-week international summer sessions. We are attending summer session 3, July 11-30. Lucas will attend a spoken language preschool designed to identify his strengths and needs. Nate & I will participate in an education program to learn about hearing loss, auditory-verbal techniques, emotional support for families and educational services for Lucas. Specialists will provide audiology, counseling and consultation services. Amazing, huh?

This program is seriously a dream come true. I have heard nothing but awesome stories. Over the summer, I intently read about experiences from Miss Kat, Mari, Tayten and Logan.

We will get to meet Nolan and his family there this summer too! Yay!

If you can't tell yet, I'm excited. Really excited.


tammy said...

OMG!!! This is such GREAT news!!! I am so excited for you. This is going to be a wonderful experience all around - especially getting to hang with Leah and Nolan! Yay! What an opportunity for all three of you!

Landry said...

No WAY! That is such great news! How did you apply? Are there still spaces? If so, we may just pop down there and join you guys...I'll call JTC tomorrow and see what I can find out.

Kel said...

OMG! Wow! That is seriously awesome, how exciting!!!

Julia said...

Great!!! Everyone raves about that program. And y'know, I only live about 30 miles away from Nolan and family, and even I haven't gotten to meet them yet! (Leah, we should do something about that.)

leah said...

I CAN'T WAIT! I swear I couldn't sleep last night I was so excited. I was a little worried about getting in, since Nolan is "only" hard of hearing. The timing is perfect for our entrance to the school district, though!

Julia, we should definitely get together at some point. I can't believe how fast these little guys are growing up!

Bill and Shelly said...

Wow, that is great!!! I wish we could come, but bill will not fly(due to his veritgo), so there is no way we could come. You will just have to tell me all about it when you get back.

Bright Family said...

So exciting! You already know, but JTC is awesome and it makes it THAT much better that you get to meet some other blogging mamas!

Lucky ducks!

Amanda and Joe said...

INCREDIBLE NEWS!!! What a great opportunity! CONGRATS again!