#TogetherThursday is a weekly resource blog that was created by CA Hands & Voices Advisory Board Member Leslie Manjarrez out of the early shelter in place period.
This blog is tailored to highlight free resources and topics to parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children through videos, articles, links to further reading, activities and more. #TogetherThursday has grown to feature monthly themes that have included Deaf Awareness, School Readiness, Deaf LGBTQ+, and Seasonal DHH supports.

Please reach out to suggest future topics, resources and individuals to feature! Contact us: IG/FB or email.

Ms. Leslie looks forward to hearing from you!


Hello Friends!

Welcome back to #WeCanWednesday brought to you by #CaHandsVoices!

Two things for today:

Thing one- Learning happens all the time! Even when you don't think its happening. Even when you least expect it. Your child is learning. From you, from watching, from their siblings, from models in their lives(and on the screens they're glued to). They are learning from everything. What is important is about that access, making sure your child has access to all that learning.

Thing two-Daily Routines are the foundation of our own daily lives, and of our lives as we grow as well!

All of these examples can be done in all modalities: in ASL, in your Oral home language, in Cued Speech. The important pieces are modeling and access for your child.

  • Learning with your baby: Explain how you are making a snack while your baby is in their chair
  • Learning with your toddler: Clean something up together, a spill, the toys on the floor, walk them through the steps you're taking together
  • Learning with your PreK kiddo: Do Show and Tell with them while out on a walk
  • Learning with your Elementary Child: Have them explain their favorite Cartoon Character/Show/Book
  • Learning with your Middle School Child: Watch a new movie(with captions!) or read a new book together, something they want to watch and something you'd like to share with them
  • Learning with your High Schooler: Have them teach you something, anything they want, from how to play a video game, to how to make a tiktok video together, or try out a new recipe have them explain it to you and do it together as a family.

If anyone wants to share some moments of you learning in your home please share!!! :)


Ms. Leslie

Hello Friends! Welcome to #WeCanWednesday brought to you by #CaHandsVoices!

This is Leslie, and I hope to share some small tips with you and hope that you can share some small moments with me. I love love love working with students and am excited to share some small things with you.

I want to share two things with you today. :)

Thing one- No regrets: You are doing an amazing job, you are doing the best you can with all the information you have at this time. Tomorrow might look different, next year you might make a different choice. You are making the right choices for you and your child today based on today. Keep at it.

Thing two-Object Permanence is fun at ANY age: Babies are learning the skill of "understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen, heard, touched, smelled or sensed in any way." but we all keep learning about things we don't see all the time everyday!

  • Play with your baby: Peek a boo
  • Play with your toddler: Where is Mommy?(and Hide)
  • Play with your PreK kiddo: Hide and Seek
  • Play with your Elementary Child: Memory Card Games
  • Play with your Middle School Child: Whats in the pantry, 1 2 3, shut it!
  • Play with your High Schooler: Engaging ways to research things outside your home like Museums(Virtual Field Trips!)

Or make it up! Have fun with this great skill that can be built on. If anyone wants to share some moments of you playing with Object Permanence or ways you do this in your home post below!

You can do it! WE can do it! We're all in this together


Ms. Leslie