Thursday, February 09, 2012

Ethan sings!

video

Since having his new cochlear implant, not only is Ethan making many more attempts at speaking, he is also starting to sing! Here is a short clip of him singing "Shine" by Rachel Coleman. He is reading the lyrics and watching Rachel perform the song in ASL while listening and singing. Ethan truly embodies "total communication", and sign language has been a very useful tool lately in helping him imagine the word that he's trying to speak. Whoever came up with the notion that sign language impairs spoken language has clearly never met my son.

You may not be able to see his new implant very well because the processor and headpiece are both brown and blend in perfectly with his hair. That they also match his new glasses is just an added bonus!

11 comments:

Alissa said...

Go Ethan! This is wonderful to hear and see!

Kyla said...

That is AWESOME!!!!! :) Way to go, Ethan!!

Hetha said...

Yes, yes, yes! We are super pleased with these new developments. He's 100% self-motivated as well. That he is adapting and making progress so quickly after that surgery is a testament to the power of hearing bilaterally.

Kristina said...

Oh, my, that video just made my day! So happy for him and for you! It's amazing how quickly he is adapting and using his new implants. Just makes me wish they did it sooner, but so glad to see he hasn't lost much ground!

Tina said...

Ethan is amazing! I'm SO proud to know him.

dlefler said...

Way to go, Ethan! I absolutely love it - rock on, little dude!

Jennifer said...

I'm just seeing this. My day has been made :)

Anonymous said...

This has made my weekend. What a cutie.
Nicky (Tom's mum) xx

Anonymous said...

PS We also find that with Tom if he is self motivated it makes such a difference... especially as he gets older. If we try to push him now with anything he just won't do it. I am trying to persuade him to come on a sign class with me but he won't.

Cheryl said...

Love this Heather, really almost made me cry with happiness. He has come such a long way. What a beautiful sound, his progress is amazing.
He is also still the cutest little man in the world!
Love you!

Mama Deb said...

That was fantastic!! I am trying to dig myself out of the non-blog-reading/writing-world. Glad to see your beautiful boy making progress. Love his cool shades too...we keep our M appropriately hip in the eyewear department as well :)