Ava really, I mean REALLY loves Dora the Explorer. I have to admit, we are a big tv family. Not that we watch a ton of it, in fact it is rarely on at all during the morning or afternoon. But with a house of four teenagers, and a movie buff hubby, we pretty much have all the cable channels possible. One channel in particular, has Dora on demand. Now I don't agree with toddlers watching a lot of tv. I think under an hour daily is more than enough. However, I can't believe the amount of language Ava is acquiring from watching Dora. She knows the names of all the characters (Backpack is "backcack") and most of the songs ("Do Do Do Do Dora" ). She cannot get enough of Dora. She asks and asks all day long every day to watch it. Before each episode, there is a short announcement in which one hears "this program is suitable for all ages". When I switched the tv on to Dora this morning, Ava turned to me and said "suitable for all ages!" After I picked my jaw up off the floor I thought that maybe she is watching it a bit too much :-)
Ava was born June 30, 2008 and diagnosed with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in September, 2008. She received simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants when she was 9 months old on March 31, 2009. Today she is 6 years old and is on par with her hearing peers of in terms of auditory comprehension and expressive language. I want to give parents of newly diagnosed babies with profound hearing loss HOPE.
I am married to a talented children's musician husband and together we enjoy seven unique and beautiful children. I "retired" as a corporate/commercial law clerk to stay at home with the kids. I love golf, gourmet cooking, jazz and ballet dancing and dates with my husband.