11
Sep

Adoption: A Deaf Adoptive Parent, Kym’s Story

Adoption and the Medical Community Hi, I’m Kym Symansky. I’m the mother of three children through international adoption. I want to share my experience with adoption, particularly with the medical community. When our children came home, I felt like they were my children, 500% mine, even though they did not come from my womb. They are children who came from …

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10
Sep

Neurodiversity: Nettie’s Knitting Story

Knitting as therapy Knitting offers many wonderful therapeutic benefits. Nettie has plenty to teach us. Celebrate Neurodiversity Nettie is sitting at a table, smiling and holding a sign that says “#CelebrateNeurodiversity”. Nettie signs: “I’m happy. I enjoy knitting. I’m good at this. It’s fun!” Scenes of Nettie knitting and holding up a completed piece of work. Resources: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/the-health-benefits-of-knitting/?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=A308352D26B05D72CD4A2DC230A1C91F&gwt=pay&assetType=REGIWALL https://www.deafcounseling.com/neurodiversity-ulualos-home-depot-job-story/

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6
Sep

Autism: Deaf Mother’s Tie Story

Important Autism Lesson Mother Learned Raising a son with autism: Tammy Jo, parent of a Deaf child with autism, shares a story about raising her son. Through this important lesson she learned, we can all benefit and increase our understanding of how to interact with children with autism. Son Identifying his Autism: Hi, my name is Tammy Ellis. I would …

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24
Aug

Does Virtual/Online Counseling Work? 2007

Videophone and Internet-based Counseling: Who Benefits? One more video from our archives, this one from 2007, featuring Sharon introducing the concept of online/virtual/videophone counseling. It’s hard to believe 16 years have flown by since we brought online counseling sessions to the Deaf community for the first time in 2003. Thanks to Sorenson for distributing the first videophones to the Deaf …

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21
Aug

Rethinking the ASL Therapy Sign (2006)

Feeling nostalgic after reviewing our archives. Here’s a throwback video by our (much younger!) Sharon, sharing thoughts about a new sign for “counseling”, 13 years ago in 2006. We are happy to see that use of this new sign that we suggested has slowly spread over the years, and more people have opted to use this sign over the traditional …

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14
Apr

Stress & Self-Care

Stress is a national epidemic and self-care is critical. When stress is left untreated, it can have a serious impact on the quality of life. Deaf people are even more vulnerable to stress because of the long-term impact of chronic oppression, or audism. In addition to including self-care practices such as healthy eating, sleeping and exercising, going to counseling or …

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17
Mar

Early Healthy Deaf Identity vs. Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

As the 17th Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) annual national meeting opens in Denver, Colorado, this weekend, Deaf Counseling Center’s licensed therapist, Sheli Barber, reminds everyone attending of the importance of paying attention to the Deaf child’s healthy identity. When language and culture are made accessible to Deaf children, the years of therapy needed to unpack the trauma associated …

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2
Mar

Mental Illness as Scapegoat for Gun Violence

Gun violence and mental illness are national  problems. Contrary to what some people in both the hearing and Deaf communities believe, mental ill ness does NOT cause gun violence. In this ASL video, Deaf Counseling Center’s CEO and therapist, Dr. Candace McCullough, clears up some of the myths on this issue. There have been a lot of shootings recently – …

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8
Apr

The Psychological Effects of Oralism

A recently published letter to the Washington Post from Meredith Sugar, Esq., the president of the A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, does a grave disservice to Deaf children and their families. The letter attempts to undermine growing media attention on the success of Nyle DiMarco, a charismatic and intelligent young Deaf man who rose to …

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14
Jan

Dr. Allen Sussman: Pioneer in the Deaf Mental Health Field

It is with sadness that Deaf Counseling Center bids adieu to Dr.  Allen Sussman, one of the very first licensed Deaf psychologists, a remarkable pioneer who paved the way for future generations of Deaf mental health professionals. Dr. Sussman died on January 8, 2016. Dr. Sussman, who received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University in 1973, was …

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