Deaf Dental Presentation

Today I gave a dental health presentation to deaf and hard of hearing middle school kids, age ranging from 11-14. This was my first signing presentation. (Bet you didn’t know I got skills, huh?) It was funny because the older kids were telling the younger kids to sign slow for me. I am just a hearing person after all. We’re slow at reading finger spells. But when we got to talking about dentistry and teeth cleaning, they were all over the place. They had stories to tell. For a deaf class, it wasn’t quiet. Students were banging their tables. Some were even answering questions out loud. It was so fun to watch. Their excitement reminded me how much I enjoy working with special needs. Many years ago I worked with the special needs population in Florida. It was great, except for the part when a mom told me to go back to Japan because her kid could not possibly have cavities since his best friend didn’t have cavities. (All Asians are from Japan BTW…hello!) So thank you to all the people who made this happen for me. You made my day/week! And thank you for showing up to provide moral support.
P.S. The microphone was for the one student with cerebral palsy who has hard of hearing.

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