Lunar New Yea

Hello Friends! Hands & Voices is here to support you and your family with whatever journey you are on with your DHH child.

#TogetherThursday this week is related to two upcoming holidays! Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day.

  • As we continue to come together as a community and celebrate those around us, what can we do to discuss and celebrate each other? If you’d like to know facts about Lunar New Year to share with your child you can find them here: Link
  • There is also a great organization that started approximately one year ago, called Asian Signers, who are Deaf individuals putting together resources for young Deaf Asian identified folks to see themselves represented, their first video was actually a story related to Lunar New Year: Link

For Valentine’s Day something that I share with families is that Valentine’s day, while romanticized and popular with couples, at its heart is really about love. In Spanish the day is actually fully called “Dia del Amor y Amistad, Dia de San Valentin” which is “Day of Love and Friendship, St. Valentine’s Day”

As Teacher of the Deaf with students, the message I would promote is that together you can celebrate all kinds of love: Friend Love, Parent love, sibling love, Self-Love, and community love.

  • Self Esteem is a large factor in building resilience and in building confidence and that comes from finding and supporting through the love we all have: Link

A summary from this article discusses that praise and friendship are building blocks for children’s self esteem.

  • I will leave you all this week with my favorite video about self love from #whyIsign- Link

What are you celebrating this weekend?

Together we can,

Ms. Leslie