|Our view (Instagram)|
|Our awesome room! (Instragram)|
Tuesday morning, we headed to TSD. Since my first visit about 5 years ago, I've been impressed with the campus. It's located right in the heart of SoCo, surrounded by hip shops, unique restaurants, and a plethora of food trailers. The campus itself is beautiful, sprawling, and more modern-looking than other schools for the Deaf I've visited.
We were met by Avonne Rutowski who led us on a tour around the early childhood and elementary rooms. The boys went right into each room, immediately exploring the colorful toys, games, and people. My heart was happy to see the adults conversing with the boys. That constant exposure to language is just what they need.
We saw the class that will be the boys'. They will have about 10 classmates, most of whom have Deaf parents. That's contrary to the statistic that 90% of deaf kids have hearing parents. I'm sure it's because many parents like us move to where the good schools are. Like I've said before, there aren't many good ones left.
After a couple of hours touring, we headed to the administration offices. We met with one of the admissions specialists. While she was explaining the ins and outs of the admissions process to us, I was struck by how easy it was just to...be...there. We didn't have to get interpreters. During the tour, I could chase after the boys while Ken stuck with the tour. The admissions office workers talked to KEN and didn't default to me. It was such an "ahhhhh" moment. On the way out of the office, I was able to meet a junior Chinese girl, Amy, who had been adopted at age 6. She loved seeing the boys and I loved being able to visit with her. There are quite a few Chinese kids at TSD, which pleases us. The Deaf community tends to be more diverse and accepting of variety anyway, but it's still nice that they will see other kids "like them." Adopted. Chinese-American. Deaf.
|Tian and Travis during audiogram (Instagram)|
I was curious about Travis, as well, knowing he couldn't hear much of anything. He responded well to the test (both ladies kept commenting on how smart he was...what else should I expect!?) and quickly understood he was to drop a block in the can every time he heard a sound. He was identified to be profoundly deaf in his right ear and severe-to-profound in his left ear. No big surprise there.
|Tian during ABR testing (Instagram)|
Since Tian does have lower hearing levels in both hears, he qualifies to attend TSD with his brother. Ken and I know this is the best place for them right now!
I'm so glad we waited almost a year to do all of this testing. It would have been hard to deprive Tian of food and drink right after he got home with us. Since he knows, loves and trusts us, he did great today! The sedation meds made him drunk! He was a happy drunk, but there's something totally wrong about seeing a two year-old acting like a drunken college student. He did fine with the food and drink fast, but as soon as he could, though, he downed about 4 bottles of tea and one and a half bottles of milk. :)