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Meet Principal Rich Novy

"I was attracted to Child’s Voice because of its special nature. It’s such a unique place with a history of success in achieving its mission...Having a better understanding of the school’s culture, mission, and success at empowering its students to overcome their early hurdles in life resonated with me so strongly. The opportunity to be a part of something so very special was something I didn’t want to miss out on."

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Staff News: Sarah Miller Earns LSLS Credential

Sarah Miller, one of our early intervention speech-language pathologists, has recently attained the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT) certification.

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Even Our Youngest Students Are Advocating for themselves

Our younger students, ages 3 and 4, are developing their self-advocacy skills over the course of the school year.

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Alumni News: A Graduate’s Story of Leadership

Fifteen-year-old Mia, who was born with a hearing loss and wears hearing aids in both ears, is a champion coxswain on a high-school rowing team.

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Words From Wendy: Graduate News From Near and Far

Cullen Bradley (class of 2009) and Christopher Radomski (class of 2012) both recently made the USA Men’s Deaf Volleyball team.

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Words From Wendy: Starring Our Staff

Read about our star staff at Child’s Voice this month!

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Beyond Child’s Voice: The Challenges of Partner Work in the Mainstream

Learn about how students with hearing loss overcome challenges when it comes to partners in the mainstream!

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Beyond Child’s Voice: The importance of reading skills in the mainstream setting

Reading is a crucial part of learning, especially when it comes to children with hearing loss. Learn about tips and experience that children with hearing loss have when it comes to reading.

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Words From Wendy: Listening to LSL

Get ready for Spring events and graduation! We are excited to continue to learn and grow this season!

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Words From Wendy: Rock With Us in April

Mark your calendars for April 27 because Child’s Voice will be one of the recipients of funds donated at the Riverside Rocks event, and we want you to be a part of it.

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Child's Voice Mainstream Parent Panel, March 5th 2024

Beyond Child’s Voice: Parents Give Real-World Advice During Mainstream Panel 

Two alumni parents shared many great ideas with our families during our Mainstream Parent Panel.

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Sharing experiences in parent education

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator The vision of Child’s Voice is to be recognized…

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Words From Wendy: It’s our Birthday!

by Wendy Deters, Executive Director Every February we celebrate Child’s Voice’s Birthday. This year Child’s…

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Words From Wendy: Join Our Generous Community and Help Our Kids Succeed!

by Wendy Deters, Executive Director Happy New Year! I am really excited for 2024 at…

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Be aware of background noise in public classrooms

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator Background noise makes listening more challenging for students with…

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Words From Wendy: Taking time to Celebrate

by Wendy Deters, Executive Director The Child’s Voice Team wishes everyone a happy and healthy…

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Beyond Child’s Voice: What makes a teacher effective?

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator When I observe our alumni in their neighborhood schools,…

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Hearing Itinerants: Our Alumni’s VIPs

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator When our alumni enter their neighborhood schools, they typically…

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Words from Wendy: Seeing Joy and Success on TV

So often in movies and TV people with hearing loss experience tragedy due to their deafness. But people who know Child’s Voice, our students, and our families know that there are so many opportunities for joy and success in the worlds of people with hearing loss.

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A Skater’s journey To Conquer Hearing Loss

Child’s Voice graduate Tessa Brannigan, a west suburban high school sophomore, is excelling as a competitive ice skater and budding advocate for children with hearing loss.

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Beyond Child’s Voice: How to Thrive in a Large Group

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator Learning in a large group is something that can…

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Words from Wendy: “Cheers” Event Lets You See Life at Child’s Voice

It has been such a joy to have all of the students and families back in the building for a few solid weeks. Their smiles, laughter, and even helping them through tears is why I love coming to work every day.

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Repair Strategies and self-advocacy

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator Communication Repair Strategies are one part of the curriculum…

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Alumni Success Story Taylor Knapp Class of 2001

Graduate Shares Success Story, Advocacy Advice

We recently caught up with Taylor Knapp, Child’s Voice class of 2001. Taylor graduated from…

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Meet Our New Principal Rich Novy

As the School Principal, Rich is responsible for the daily operations of our School Program. Rich spent seven years teaching middle school gifted, special education and English language learners English/Language Arts. He also spent five years as an assistant principal.

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Words from Wendy: The Importance of A Strong Community

It has been such a joy to have all of the students and families back in the building for a few solid weeks. Their smiles, laughter, and even helping them through tears is why I love coming to work every day.

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Leave Anxiety at Home this School Year

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator It’s back to school time and in many households…

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Words from Wendy: What Are Your Intentions for the School Year?

Above: Wendy and Ms. Anna were thrilled to accept a large donation of school supplies…

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Make The Best Decisions for Your Family

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator When I am traveling around Chicagoland to visit our…

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Words from Wendy: Getting Ready for Lifelong Success

Happy July! Child’s Voice continues to be as busy as usual. We have ESY, Toddler…

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Getting to Know Dr. Alyssa

We often have the honor of working with an audiology extern as they finish graduate…

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Self-Advocacy in the Mainstream

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator Last month, I shared self-advocacy skills results for students…

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Words from Wendy: We Have Big Dreams

Happy June! Child’s Voice has started summer with our annual Golf outing on June 6….

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Our Own Smiley Emoji: Bentley, Class of 2017

Our annual Golf Outing is a great time for our supporters and friends to meet…

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Words from Wendy: The Exceptional Journey

Graduation is a remarkable milestone for any student, but when it comes to children with…

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Beyond Child’s Voice: Good News About Self-Advocacy

by Carrie Jackiewicz, Special Services Coordinator Every year, our School Program assesses our current students’…

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