From Amanda Schneider, MDE-LIO Education Consultant 

It has been busy this fall at MDE-LIO as we expand our programs for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) and their families. Read on to learn about what we offer. 

DHH Reading Kits

Reading books with your child is a great way to encourage language, learning, and literacy. To support families, we have created reading kits for use with children who are DHH. Each DHH Reading Kit includes a book, reading tips, and a list of fun activities to extend the fun with their book. We have also partnered with DeafBlind (DB) Central to share story videos in American Sign Language that they have created for their own literacy project. 

Twelve titles are currently available to borrow. We will continue to expand the list throughout the next year, including books for babies and toddlers. 

Learn more and request a kit: DHH Reading Kits

Online Family and Student Events

Once a month, families with young children gather online for an evening story time event called Good Books and Good Night. 

Monthly themes have included Halloween, fire safety, and winter. At each event, we watch and listen to fun stories based on the theme, and children are invited to share their experiences with each other. Activities are offered after each event so families can expand on the theme on their own time. 

Join us for an upcoming event:

This fall, MDE-LIO also offers interactive events for school-age students. Community Pals brings elementary students together online for cooperative activities and discussions. Favorite activities include trivia, a “Would You Rather” game, and a Mad Libs story.

“I had so much fun playing the trivia and guessing games,” one elementary student shared. “I can’t wait for the next event.”

Pack of All Traits is for middle school and high school students and creates a space for pre-teens and teens to just be themselves. Scattergories, Guess the Song Title by Emojis, and a memory game have been highlights for these students.

Community Pals and Pack of All Traits will be offered again at the end of February. Registration will open soon at MDE-LIO Events.

Camp Tuhsmeheta Events

In the coming months, Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T) will host in-person events for families with children who are DHH.

Registration will open soon for Winter Nature Explorers, which will allow families to explore the outdoors at camp in February. This is a great opportunity for school-age children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families to stay active in the winter!

More spring and summer outdoor events are in the planning stages. We look forward to these new opportunities to interact with students and their families.