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Valentine’s Day Activities

Written by Gloria Menezes-Furtado, MED, LSLS Cert AVT

It’s time for songs, chocolate and love!  Happy Valentine’s Day. 

Here are a few listening activities you can do with your little one to celebrate:

All kids love singing and being sung to, so it’s time to bring back the classics from Barney: “I love you , You love me….” Singing is a natural partner for building auditory discrimination and memory.  Add movement while singing, and after a few repetitions, stop at a crucial point in the song to allow your child to fill in the blank. This will look different based on your child’s age and listening skills — on the continuum, it will go from non-descript vocalizing to clarity in vowels, to clarity in consonants, to words and phrases.  

Heart stickers can be used to build and reinforce auditory comprehension of family member’s names, vehicles, your child’s favorite toys, and the list goes on.  Pick a sticker and put on different toys or pictures while saying “Happy Valentine’s Day!” This will provide a natural situation to repeat this phrase.  Listening can be further incorporated by going from single elements to multiple embedded elements. (Let’s find the lion…. Let’s put the blue heart on the lion…. Let’s put the small blue heart on the lion…. Let’s put the small blue heart on the lion’s tail).

If you do not have stickers, have no fear! You can make a Valentine’s Day card by tracing your child’s hands together to make the shape of a heart (see picture). Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless like drawing a heart on face.  Create a natural language interaction by narrating while tracing and involving the child in the selection of the colors, facial features, and other details.

Above all, love and enjoy your time with your child!

Parent-to-Parent Connections

The Washington DC metro area has a plethora of resources for families. We will be spotlighting a few of these resources over time so families can be aware of outlets that are available to them in order to understand they are not alone in their experiences.

Today’s Spotlight: Family-to-Family Support Network

“The Network was founded in 2013 by Hendi Crosby Kowal, 11 years after the birth of her oldest daughter was identified with a profound hearing loss as a baby. Her goal for the Network was to establish a peer support network among families with children recently identified as deaf or hard of hearing, by providing the opportunity for families to meet others who have experience raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Family-to-Family invites families with deaf and hard of hearing children of all ages to gather, nosh, play, and chat in a Mt. Pleasant home on Sunday, November 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. ” 

See the picture below and be sure to RSVP for more details. Spread the word!