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The magazine for kids and teens with hearing loss

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Contributors Melanie Paticoff • Editor in Chief Valorie Johnson • Content Editor N-KCreative.com • Magazine Design Elena LaQuatra • Featured H W Tween Evelyn Ethier • Baking Columnist With special thanks to all of our featured H W friends

www.HearingOurWay.com info@hearingourway.com 8820 Ladue Road, Ste. 203 St. Louis, MO 63124 Volume 4, No. 1 ©2017 Sophie’s Tales, LLC. All rights reserved. Hearing Our Way is published quarterly and is a publication of Sophie’s Tales, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. See p.11 for more information about subscriptions for homes, schools, and offices or visit www.HearingOurWay.com. For promotional opportunities, change of address, or other customer service, contact info@hearingourway.com. • All comments and suggestions received by Hearing Our Way become the sole property of Hearing Our Way and may be used without compensation or acknowledgement. Hearing Our Way disclaims liability for any losses or damages that may result from using information in this magazine. • Inquire today about sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Contact Info@HearingOurWay.com.

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because I feel like we are school, and she helped me feel twins. Lelaina is there to help me in t surgery. better when I had my cochlear implan night, and when we watch Lelaina: We love to have ‘sleepovers’ at ns on. At the end of each TV together, I always put the captio tem to the nurse’s office. school day, I help Celia take her FM Sys ny moments. I named my Celia: Hearing loss can lead to some fun en I hear that, I think of a cochlear implant Ronald because wh g. One time, we went to funny character who knows everythin ck to the elevator! the audiologist, and ‘Ronald’ got stu becoming an orthopedic Lelaina: Celia has a lot of big dreams, like led Pet Hurricane! I hope that surgeon and opening a pet shelter cal all of her dreams come true. ect my relationship with my One Last Word: Hearing loss doesn’t aff matter what! We feel so lucky to sister, because I love her the same no have each other.

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W rds, W rds, W rds Break a Leg

You might hear the idiom break a leg when you’re at the theater and think, ‘does someone hope the actor gets hurt on stage?’ Nope! Break a leg actually means good luck! In the theater, it is considered bad luck (like a jinx!) to wish someone good luck before a show, so instead they say, “break a leg!” Like this: “Sam, we are so excited to see you in the play tonight. Break a leg!”

Best friends and sisters Lelaina (left) and Celia.

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All About Me

Hi, I’m Elena! I am a 25-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who graduated from college with a major in broadcasting. Oh, and speaking of Pennsylvania, I just finished representing my state this year as Miss Pennsylvania USA! Now I am a Digital Video Reporter for an online lifestyle and entertainment channel.

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I wasn’t born with hearing loss. When I was four years old, I had an infection called bacterial meningitis that took my hearing and balance. I had to work really hard to learn to listen and talk again—I had cochlear implant surgery, and I went to the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech for four years before I was able to go to my mainstream public school.

Sister Sister


I'm lucky that my sister is only 18 months older than me, so we were almost always attending the same school once I mainstreamed. She also participated in the same activities as me—dance, acting, etc.,—so she was like my sidekick and always had my back if I needed something. She advocated for me when I was too young or shy to advocate for myself.


Greek Girl

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Do you know the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? That’s my family, except no wedding… yet! I love my family and look forward to our family holidays and vacations. I visit our homeland of Ithaca, Greece for a few weeks each year. I love the Greek culture, the thick accents, and the feeling of home I always feel when I’m there.

Tiara Talk

I spent my teenage years competing in pageants, winning the prestigious title of Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen in 2007 and Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA in 2010. My biggest title was won just this past year, 2016: Miss Pennsylvania USA. I represented my state at the nationally televised Miss USA pageant, and since then, I've met so many incredible people—celebrities, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, politicians, and more! My years of pageantry have really improved my self-advocacy, language, and social skills. I am so confident and comfortable being interviewed for a job and/or by the media because I've been practicing these “interview skills” since I started in pageants when I was 14. You can hand me a microphone and ask me to speak in front of thousands of people about anything and I'm able to grab the mic, speak off the cuff, and entertain the crowd confidently. Having the confidence to network and talk to people, whether it’s one-on-one or in a crowd of of a thousand, is something I learned from pageants.

All images of Elena LaQuatra wearing crown/sash were taken in 2016 during her time as Miss Pennsylvania USA.

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Giving Back

One of the things I love most about what I do is having the opportunity to emcee or serve as a speaker for charitable/fundraising galas. Of course, the foundations close to my heart are related to hearing loss, such as AGBell, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Cochlear Americas, and the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech to name a few. I also work with other charities including The National Kidney Foundation, Glimmer of Hope, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and more.

Young Elena with her cochlear implant. She’s come a long way—she recently upgraded to the N6!

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All images of Elena LaQuatra wearing crown/sash were taken in 2016 during her time as Miss Pennsylvania USA.

Role Model

Being involved in pageants, people automatically see you as someone who is a role model to others. Overcoming the adversity that I faced with losing my hearing is inspiring to people. I, of course, didn’t realize this when I was younger. I was just a little girl doing my thing—singing, dancing, acting. Now that I’m older, I realize that speaking with parents and others in the deaf community provides them with a lot of hope when they hear my story of perseverance, and that makes me proud. When I speak to kids, my advice comes from my own personal experience—that as long as you don’t see yourself as ‘weird,’ ‘different,’ or think negatively of yourself in any way, neither will others. Additionally, I feel that having hearing loss has made me humble, relatable, empathetic, and patient towards others. I don’t know if these are qualities I would possess if I didn’t have this hardship at the beginning of my life. I've never let my

hearing loss define me or prevent me from achieving my dreams. However, it has definitely enriched my life in many ways.

Overcoming Obstacles

I think one of the biggest obstacles I’ll have to face is still ahead. I'm job searching to enter my career in broadcast communications (on the news) full time. While I have almost 10 years of experience on camera, there are many aspects to reporting the news that I haven’t had experience with yet, and I’m curious to see what obstacles I may face with my hearing. For example, news reporters and anchors wear an earpiece called an IFB in the ear (like an ear bud) and that’s how the news producer gives them instructions/cues. It’s a lot of multitasking because you’re trying to listen to your producer and co-workers, report your story or read the prompter, and make sure you’re staying within the timeframe. It may be tough for me in this situation— I hear through my cochlear implant micro-

Elena always shines when she’s on camera!

phone, so an in-the-ear bud wouldn’t work well for me, and I have no hearing in my other ear—but I won’t let that stop me. With new technology like Bluetooth in my cochlear implant, I know I can figure out a way to make it work!

Share your story of Overcoming Obstacles! E-mail: info@hearingourway.com

I WANT YOU TO HEAR. Every day, I want you to hear the love in my voice. The music box singing to you. The lullabies as you fall asleep. I want you to hear your name called at graduation. The words “You’re hired.” The words “I do.” The first words from your own child. I want you to hear the world today, tomorrow, forever.

Call 1 866 922 9211, or visit www.IWantYoutoHear.com for more information.

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Hi bakers! My name is Evelyn, and

welcome to my kitchen. I’m 13-years-old, I have one cochlear implant and one hearing aid, and I live in Canada. I’m here to share my love of baking with you, so whip out your spatula, and let’s get cooking!

Popcorn Cupcakes INGREDIENTS Chocolate cupcakes: • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 1/8 teaspoon salt • 1 ½ cups sugar • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

Look out for boLd text to know what supplies you will need!

— TIPS — Print off a popcorn-themed wrapper (on cardstock paper) to go around your cupcakes. If you look for petal dust or luster dust ask a parent for help making sure you find one that is safe to eat. They can be tricky to find, as some are for arts & crafts, so read carefully!

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“Popcorn” • Mini marshmallows • Yellow petal dust or luster dust (optional) Cupcakes: 1. P reheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside. 2. I n a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in vanilla and 1 Tablespoon milk. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. 3. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. 4. B ake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let cool completely. Frosting: 1. In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with a spoon or electric mixer on low speed. 2. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. 3. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make the frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar. Popcorn: 1. Use a plastic knife to cut a criss-cross X at each end of each marshmallow. Then spread all of the little sections out to make it look like popped popcorn! Repeat with each marshmallow. 2. Frost your cupcakes (you can pipe it on neatly using a ziploc bag with a small hole for a tip). 3. Pile your ‘popcorn’ marshmallows onto your cupcakes. 4. As a finishing touch, you can ‘dust’ your popcorn with yellow petal dust or luster dust with an unused paintbrush. 5. Serve with some real popcorn at your next movie night!

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Cici’s Hear To Dance

Cici is a young dancer with a cochlear implant and hearing aid training to be a professional dancer. When she was on our cover in Winter 2014, she was 12-years-old and had just finished her first summer intensive at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York. Today Cici, who is in 8th grade, was selected for pre-professional dance companies at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, Missouri, and once again had the opportunity to attend the Dance Theatre of Harlem last summer. It’s not always easy to be a dancer with a cochlear implant, but Cici, her audiologist, and dance teachers always find a way to make it work, from taping her FM microphone to her tap shoes to patching the FM into the sound system during a live ballet show. Cici wrote about her experience in NYC last summer in her blog, Cici’s Hear to Dance.

July 22, 2016 Dance Theatre of Harlem: Day 5

ng This morning I was on the subway tryi tooth Blue my ugh thro to listen to my music could I loud so was Phone Clip, but the train my d nge barely hear my music. So, I cha e cochlear implant processor program. Onc ked bloc I found the right one, it completely ic out the subway noise and made my mus stand out. I was pleasantly surprised! and Pointe rehearsals. I felt I did my morning stretch before Ballet es were much cleaner. confident in Pointe today. My pirouett ic and fun and also a serious core The warm up for Jazz was very energet to show your character. Technique workout. The focus of Jazz today was ized to use our personality and is always important, but it was emphas to be sas sy !!! sass in our performance. Yay... I lov e Janet Jackson piece. This will In Hip-Hop class, we added more to our t. I'm proud of myself. I wasn't shy be my first time doing a Hip-Hop due Hip-Hop experience. I did my and decided to loosen up and enjoy the ally perform… in public! best in a style of dance that I don’t usu I had a GREAT DAY !!!!! !

Meet Kyle! My Dream Career

Growing up, sports was a way of life for me, so my dream was to become a professional baseball player. However, as I got older, I realized a better fit was education, which would make use of my patience & passion for working with kids. I became a second grade teacher, but inspired by my older brother who has hearing loss, I am now earning my Master’s in Deaf Education. One of the best parts is my wife is in the same program pursuing her Doctorate in Audiology!

Tips & Tricks

Everyone learns differently, so don’t be afraid to ask for the accommodations you need to help you learn best. Always make sure your devices are working before you start learning. Finally, practice new language all the time; even if you haven’t mastered it yet, you will if you surround yourself with language and vocabulary opportunities!

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To me, Spring Onto Stage me ans to set yourself apart from others. Figuring out what makes you special is important. Wo rk hard to become the best you can be at what you love.

Fun Fact

Have you ever heard of a ‘13th Streeter’? Probably not, because according to the Guinness Book of World Records, there is only one street where you can attend preschool through college all on the same street in the same neighborhood, and I am one of the few people who have done this in Reading, Pennsylvania, making me a 13th Streeter! Interested in learning more about Kyle’s graduate program in deaf education and audiology?

Visit pacs.wustl.edu

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