Wednesday, April 22, 2009
TECHNOLOGY SERVES LAUREL
In an unexpected decision, Maren learned one afternoon while picking up Laurel from school that she had received a new device. Previously, an amplification system had been installed in Laurel's classroom connected to a mic on the teacher. This allows the entire class (and most certainly Laurel, too) to hear the teacher over classroom noise. But on this day, Laurel received a personal fm system attachment for her hearing aids. This has two components including a transmitter and microphone worn by the teacher, and a specially programmed receiver which attaches to one of Laurel's aids. The teacher can then whisper a command to Laurel, even if she's across the playground, and Laurel will immediately get the message. All parties involved are thrilled with it's success. Laurel learns new alphabet sounds and blends quickly now and seems to enjoy school a little bit more. Her auxillary teachers use it as well. Laurel wore the device during her performance yesterday at school, and the teacher was able to send her a secret message about when to exit the stage. A device of this quality costs about $2000 retail, so the Cupit family feels blessed to have such great advocates for Laurel within the school system.