I’d like to introduce you all to Beckett. Beckett came into our lives at the beginning of the school year when my son and he hit it off as friends in school. And, after meeting him for myself, I could see why my son enjoyed being around him. Beckett has a positive energy that wins over anyone he meets immediately! But, it’s not only Beckett’s personality that makes him one unique and special kindergartener.
At birth, Beckett’s parents were told he had hearing loss when he failed a newborn hearing screening. After a quick follow-up with audiologists, his parents learned his hearing loss was very serious, and that Beckett was profoundly deaf. His family made quick work to both help Beckett with hearing aids and set up early intervention services within their home.
Early intervention was the key to helping Beckett along the way. Though Beckett’s hearing aids did not provide enough access to sound, he was already making forward movement in his journey to listen and spoken-language. At a year old, Beckett received his first cochlear implant, and then his second just months later. His parents increased his services with Clarke Schools to help him fill the gaps in language that his typical hearing peer would have met in that first year.
This year, Beckett met a huge milestone in mainstreaming into his local public school at the age of five. He is learning to read, enjoys sharing stories through writing and began playing baseball with his friends. Beckett’s journey to listening and spoken language is not unique. It is exactly what is possible with today’s technology and early intervention. Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech helped change Beckett’s story and overcome challenges by providing his family with the right tools.
About Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
Clarke Schools teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk using advanced technologies. Children use cochlear implants and hearing aids to maximize their access to sound. Specially trained teachers, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists help students develop listening, literacy and spoken language skills to maximize their learning. Our goal is to prepare children to succeed in mainstream classrooms alongside their hearing peers. Because of increased newborn hearing screenings and early intervention services, most children who come to Clarke are ready to mainstream as early as kindergarten.
Kilwins Ice Cream Run & Ice Cream Royalty
The Kilwins Ice Cream Run is held annually to benefit children with hearing loss who learn to listen and talk at Clarke School in Jacksonville, FL. This year, the 5k race (or 1-mile fun run/walk) will take place on March 4, 2017, at St. Johns Town Center with vendors, giveaways, a 100-yard Kiddie Dash and all-you-can-eat gourmet Kilwins ice cream at the finish line. Top fundraisers in their age categories will be inducted into Florida’s first ever Kilwins Ice Cream Run Royal Court. Each member of the Royal Court will receive a one-of-a-kind custom-designed crown and a plaque. The overall top fundraiser will also receive two round-trip tickets from JetBlue. To learn more and register for the event visit clarkeschools.org/icecreamrun.