Welcome to "Team Adeline's" Page!
I can’t believe this is our 5th year walking AND I can’t believe our little lamb is 6 years old. Where is time going?
Adeline continues to amaze me everyday. I think us moms say that a lot, right? I just think back to the day when Joe and I heard the words: “your daughter needs to get enrolled in Early Intervention and get amplified, (hearing aids), as soon as possible”. I can’t describe what I felt and little did we know the journey that was ahead of us. BUT - I wouldn’t change a thing. This whole experience has changed how I look and approach things. Just this past spring, I had to let go, (not completely, just a smidge). I had to let go of something that has been hanging out with me for a few years: let Adeline be a kid. A kid that could and should do anything that she wants, regardless of the cute little pink devices she wears behind her ears. I tell Adeline all the time: just because you wear hearing aids doesn’t mean you can’t do something - you might have to do it differently, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. So, with some reservation, I encouraged her to try soccer. And guess what? She loved it. You see, I was doing exactly the opposite of what I was preaching: I was allowing her hearing loss to define her. I didn’t want to put her in a situation that would be more challenging for her to succeed in - what happens if she’s on the field and can’t hear her coach because she’s more than 5 feet away? Or what if her teammate asks her to pass the ball and she can’t hear? I mean, the questions were piling up. But I had to let go - I had to practice what I was telling her and believing it. I’m still learning...
Thanks for visiting my page and if you haven’t read our story, please keep reading below. We’re committed to helping raising awareness and for helping kids just like our precious gift, Adeline.
Here’s our story and thanks for listening...
WE ARE BACK for another year participating in the Walk for Hearing - this year marks our 5th YEAR WALKING!!
Both Joe and I are very blessed - we are blessed with a beautiful daughter named Adeline Grace. Adeline entered our lives on February 17, 2012 and ever since that day, she has brought laughter and sunshine into our lives and family.
Adeline was born with a moderate-severe hearing loss in both of her ears and received her hearing aids before she was 8 months old. When we first learned of Adeline's hearing loss, we felt so many different emotions, many of which we continue to "manage" on a daily basis.
Adeline started receiving Teacher of the Deaf, (TOD), services from Summit Speech School in New Providence, NJ, when she was only 6 months old. We can't tell you what a difference this has made for not only Adeline, but for Joe and myself as well. Nancy, Adeline's TOD, came to our house every week for almost 3 years and worked with Adeline on how to use her own ears to listen and speak - what a beautiful thing!
Our connection to Summit Speech School still continues to this day, even though Adeline no longer receives services since she is now 6 ½ years old. The dedicated staff at this institution has helped educate, empower, and even wipe tears, throughout our journey. I am not sure where we would be now if it weren't for them.
In 2015, you may remember reading about our struggle that dealt with the effects from the lack of knowledge and education regarding this disability. We had to push and push, for almost one year, (yes, ONE FULL YEAR), for special education services in our school district. The struggle and anxiety with this left both Joe and I speechless, tired, and most importantly, frustrated – how can a child that is hearing impaired be denied services?
Shortly after the start of 2016, Adeline was found eligible to receive services and we were finally able to sigh, with a big relief, that “we are back on track”! From the very beginning we approached this challenge as an opportunity with the school district, (although there were many times we didn’t think we going to be able to keep pushing). Since Adeline is the first child to ever enter our school district with a hearing loss, we look at our journey to help educate the school and people that work with Adeline every day and will hopefully help pave the path for future children with hearing loss.
By donating to "Team Adeline", you're helping with the crusade with educating people about this disability and you're also helping people just like Adeline.
Adeline is an amazing child...she loves school, enjoys playing soccer, can't wait for Thursday's dance class - jazz funk this year, swimming, and enjoys, (but not ALL the time), the challenge of learning how to read. Her speech and language development continue to amaze Joe and I - on a daily basis.
We are tremendously blessed to have such a beautiful gift!
Thank you for visiting our page and reading our story and for your gift!
Love, Joe, Kristen and Adeline
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss, helps to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $10 million and has become the largest walk for hearing taking place in cities across the United States.
We walk because hearing loss is a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.
- 48 million people have some form of hearing loss
- 26 million people have noise-induced hearing loss that could have been prevented
- 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
Hearing loss affects one's ability to communicate every day in different situations - from a dinner conversation at a noisy restaurant, on the phone, to not hearing alarm clocks and smoke alarms. For people with hearing loss, these situations can be become obstacles without the right information and support. HLAA provides the assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.