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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10
Sep

Neurodiversity: Ulualo’s Home Depot Job Story

Right support and Environment lead to success A Deaf woman, Ulualo, of Home Depot takes pride in her job and demonstrates that everyone with neurodiversity can make a contribution, with the right support and in the right environment. Celebrate Neurodiversity Ulualo is signing: #CelebrateNeurodiversity. I’m special and I have a gift. I work here at Home Depot. I’m an expert …

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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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3
Sep

Neurodiversity: Toni’s ADHD Story

Neurodiversity: As part of DCC’s spotlight on neurodiversity, Toni shares her struggles with ADHD, which is prevalent in 4.4% of the US population. Dealing with ADHD: Hello! I’m Toni. I want to talk a little about ADHD/Neurodiversity, which I have. When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, I remember everything clicking in my mind and thinking, “Ohhh, that explains all …

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30
Aug

Deaf Parent Raising Children with Autism

As part of our Neurodiversity video series, Bobba shares from her heart about raising two children with autism. Hello! I have two children with autism – one girl who is 29 and one boy who is almost 28, both of whom are complete opposites. My daughter is easily overstimulated and has seizures, while my son is very under stimulated. It …

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28
Aug

Grief After a Murder of Grant Whitaker

Deaf Counseling Center’s Dr. Candace McCullough and Sharon Duchesneau share some thoughts on the complicated nature of grief after murder of Grant Whitaker by Mavrick Martin Fisher and offer support to the national Deaf community in the form of pro bono counseling sessions to those who may be directly impacted by the situation, yet lack insurance to access therapy. Candace: …

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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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16
Aug

Grief: Sandy’s ASL Story of Her Son Being Shot

Hi, my name is Sandy Graham. I’m from Michigan. My son was shot when he was only 14 years old, back in 1997. He would have been 36 years old today. His name is Saleh (shows name-sign “S” shaking from side to side). What happened was that a boy named John, who was almost 16 years old, found his father’s …

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