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Bella

Bella

Bella Grace Brady was born February 22, 2012.  While at the hospital, Bella’s newborn hearing screens were normal.  At the age of two, I requested a speech evaluation Bella only because her older brother needed speech therapy and I wanted to make sure...
David

David

My son, David Rees, was fortunate to attend this outstanding program from the summer of 2010 to May of 2013. David loves golf, running, swimming and anything that has wheels! He has become an excellent student. He just completed his kindergarten year at Bear...
Vivi

Vivi

WISE was the answer to our journey of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL). Watching Vivi struggle for 2 years (her first 2 years of life) was heartbreaking.  Out of the womb, Vivi had a dynamic personality, even with her hearing loss.  We knew we wanted her to learn...
Now Hear This

Now Hear This

Article By Emily Williams | Published In OTMJ on February 5th, 2020 According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, roughly one in 1,000 children are born deaf. “In Alabama, that’s going to be about 30 to 40 kids, because there are...
Kailin

Kailin

The true sound of freedom Everyone experiences freedoms of some kind. Freedom of speech, freedom to pursue happiness and freedom to worship are just a few freedoms Americans enjoy. There are other freedoms we enjoy and perhaps take for granted. As parents of an adult...
Luke

Luke

We did not find any problem with my little boy’s language until he was two years old when he could not talk in sentences. However, no diagnosis was made until he was 4 years old when he still could say only a few words. He had been in daycare for two years when the...
Caroline

Caroline

Our story begins long ago with a dream to bring a child into our family through adoption. In the spring of 2005 we got that incredible call that every adoptive family awaits. We had a girl and she was currently in an orphanage in Fujian, China. We were told all the...
Amelia

Amelia

Amelia was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at the age of two. She was fitted with hearing aids in each ear and soon after received a cochlear implant in her right ear. She has attended the Woolley Institute for Spoken-Language Education (WISE), formerly known as...

Terri, Mom of a WISE kid

This school is an amazing gift to children with cochlear implants and their parents! My daughter made enormous strides while there thanks to the amazing teachers and speech therapists. She was on track for kindergarten with her peers by the end. She is now in second...

Will

My son, Will was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at birth. He received his first implant at 10 months and his second implant at 22 months. We attended AVT weekly and talked at home constantly, but it wasn’t until he attended The Alabama School for Hearing, now known as...
Ben

Ben

Ben was born on January 15, 2007. We knew soon after his birth that he had hearing loss because he failed his newborn screening. After a couple of months of follow up hearing tests and eventually an ABR, Ben was diagnosed with severe to profound sensorineural hearing...
Allie

Allie

Allie was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss as a toddler. She started attending the Alabama School for Hearing, now known as The Woolley Institute for Spoken-Language Education (WISE) as part of their very first class. While she was a student there she lost the...
Adrien

Adrien

When the doctors told me Adrien was deaf, I was afraid he would never hear me say “I love you” and I was afraid he would never speak. Adrien lives with me and his Paw Paw and I was afraid we would not be able to learn sign language. I was afraid Adrien would not be...
Abagail

Abagail

Abagail was born in March of 2014. She is our third little girl so when she didn’t pass her hearing screen in the hospital, like our other two children, we were quite alarmed. We didn’t know but that second day of her life would begin quite a roller coaster over the...