Olivia’s Service Reflection

During the course of this school year, I have been volunteering at an organization called the Children’s Hearing Institute. This company was founded in 1983 with the mission of helping hearing-impaired children regain their hearing, improve their speech and language skills, and achieve academic success. The Children’s Hearing Institute’s most noteworthy achievement is its use of Cochlear Implants. These implants are used to restore sound to those who are unable to hear. The Children’s Hearing Institute has benefited the lives of numerous families over the course of nearly three decades of hard work.

For my volunteer work at the Children’s Hearing Institute, I spend time with hearing-impaired children, all of whom have Cochlear Implants or hearing aids, and work towards improving their speech and listening skills. I also use iPads, equipped with several educational apps, as a way of working with the children. Over the few months I have so far spent volunteering, I found that the kids are more attentive and focused when working with the iPads than when just speaking to them normally. They are fascinated by the fact that, with this technology, they can have fun while their language and hearing abilities are being improved. The apps on the iPads allow the kids to do a range of things, from repeating phrases to reading aloud stories to forming sentences. However, each app is used with the same intention of improving the children’s speech and language skills by having them listen and speak aloud. Overall, I have really enjoyed volunteering at the Children’s Hearing Institute and I look forward to continuing my work there.

5 thoughts on “Olivia’s Service Reflection

  1. Olivia, I had never heard of this organization or its work. I so appreciate learning about what they are doing and how you have contributed your time and expertise and your caring to their work with hearing impaired children. What a great way to use your technology skills and your “people” skills to make a difference in children’s lives. I’m curious to know how you came to pick this particular form of service. Helping people learn how to communicate better with the world around them is a truly important type of work.

    • Constance,
      Thank you. I have really enjoyed working with the organization. I became familiar with them through my father, who has known many members of the company for years. I look forward to doing more volunteer work with them in the future.

  2. Thanks Olivia for sharing your service experience. I applaud your for choosing to volunteer on a regular basis with the Children’s Hearing Institute. It is through sustained service such as your’s that we reap the most benefits, as relationships are given the time to form.

    I wonder if other students might be interested in volunteering once they rlearn about your experience. Is there someone I could contact at the Children’s Hearing Institute who could give me information for volunteering that I could then post on the Moodle Service site? Please share any contact info you might have.

    • Olivia-

      This organization sounds really inspiring. Have you continued your work with The Children’s institute since this blog post? Like Leitzel, I am wondering if you think this organization would be good to bring a larger group of students to next year. What do you think? If you have the contact info and would like the service committee to organize some sort of group day or even just advertise the opportunity on Moodle, let us know. It sounds like a heartwarming experience!

  3. This is fantastic Liv. Working on a consistent basis at a place such as the Children’s Hearing Institute shows great commitment and, I imagine, will be having a lasting impact on you and your dedication to service. I know that as relationships are formed, they increasingly come to define you. I congratulate you on this endeavor.

    Working with the deaf is a huge challenge. My cousin was born deaf and I have seen the strains and difficulties she and her immediate family have been through. She had a Cochlear Implant when she was in her early twenties. As I understand it, it was quite unique to undergo such a procedure in adulthood. About four years ago, she was a part of a documentary on the BBC that filmed her as she first heard her own voice. At the time, I seem to remember this was some of the first footage of this happening. It was certainly a moving moment for our family!

    I look forward to talking to you about this. Great work on getting the blog done too.

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