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We moved to Illinois from California in August, 2008 for my husband to attend the University of Illinois.  We soon found out that God brought us half way across the country for much more than a doctorate in music education.  Weeks after we moved, we found out our 13 month old son Cole had profound hearing loss in both ears.  He had never been screened as a newborn, so this news came to us as a devastating confirmation of what we'd suspected for a about a month through our own observations.
 
As devastating as the news of Cole's hearing loss was initially, the team from  ECHO/CAOS walked with us every step of the way as we began to navigate this new journey to hearing for our boy.  We were met with an incredible staff of audiologists, speech and language pathologists and insurance specialists, along with otolaryngologist, Dr. Novak, all under the same roof!  I can't tell you how comforting this was for our family.  The care Cole was given by the ECHO/CAOS staff helped make this difficult journey for our family smooth from the very start. Cole was diagnosed in August and received bilateral cochlear implants in December of the same year.  Just four months after first discovering our son was deaf, he could hear and was receiving therapy from highly trained therapists several times a week.  
 
The team assigned to Cole has consistently demonstrated a deeply invested care for his overall well being, far beyond our expectations.  We find distinct comfort in their assessment driven goals, keeping us all on the same page regarding his progress and helping train us to become his primary therapists at home.  Even our oldest son has become quite the speech and language pathologist for his younger brother after attending so many sessions with Cole!
 
Now, Cole is 3 years old and has made significant progress in every area of development!  In the 18 months he has spent hearing, Cole has made better than month to month progress in his development of language and surpassed what is even expected socially of children his age!  His progress is definitely due to the incredibly hard working staff at CAOS who, for 7 hours each week, encourage him (and us!) to keep reaching for the seemingly unattainable goals that once achieved, help him interact more freely with the speaking world!  Under the wing of the ECHO/CAOS staff, we have watched our boy blossom into a confident 3 year old who loves interacting with the world around him and always has something to say in every situation!  No one passes by Cole without getting a friendly, "Hi!" with a wave and a smile in return.  We are more than thankful for the incredible blessing the ECHO/CAOS staff has been to our son and to our family.  They have given him "ears" and a voice-- and for that we will be forever grateful!


“When we came to SJIC in February of 2005, our son, Carson, who was almost three years old, had one cochlear implant and knew how to say five to ten words. He was seriously behind. We knew that we wanted Carson to close the gap between his ability and age appropriate speech and listening skills. This task seemed next to impossible. Every day we brought Carson to school where his teachers and therapists created a language rich environment. The school is so unique because everything that happens in a unit enriches language. The center room is transformed into picnic areas, campgrounds, outer space, haunted houses or pumpkin patches. Carson learned to speak because he experienced the language. The staff was always happy with Carson’s progress but listened closely to how we defined success and kept pushing Carson for more. Now, Carson is four and a half years old, has two cochlear implants, and is within six months of closing the gap between his ability and his age. We know Carson will not be limited by his hearing loss. We’re no longer afraid for his future. We’re thrilled!”

Nathan and Donna Mariman


“Our story isn’t very exciting, but we think it is pretty miraculous. We first heard about St. Joe’s (SJIC) at the Parent Institute at Illinois School for the Deaf. We met some great friends there who were taking their daughter through the ECHO program and really had wonderful things to say. We were not really satisfied with our situation at the time so we thought that we would give both ECHO and St. Joe’s a whirl. Our daughter, Tori, was 18 months when we started at St. Joe’s two times a week, 125 miles round trip. At that time she was wearing bilateral hearing aids and not being very stellar in the booth for ECHO. We decided around 2 years, 3 months that she should get a cochlear implant and she was implanted at 2 years, 5 months. By the time her implant was turned on, we were traveling to Champaign from Lincoln five times a week. I was becoming very well known at the Barnes & Noble store and thoroughly addicted to lattes. Four years or so later, after much hard work from all concerned, Tori graduated from St. Joe’s and is now a completely mainstreamed first grade student. Completely at ease with her class and her school work. Was four years of my life and thousands of miles put on my van worth it? Words cannot say how thankful we are to God that He led us to St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf at Carle. God has truly put these professionals in their true calling and has blessed all of us with knowing them. Thanks to St. Joe and ECHO staff, you have truly changed our lives for the better and we will be forever grateful.”

Kelly and Tom Tripplett


“St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf at Carle/Carle Auditory Oral School has been the one thing that has always remained constant in this journey that we’ve taken since our son’s diagnosis. I often wondered why this happened to Ryan and our family, but I know one of the reasons was so that we could meet the wonderful people that work in this program. Each one of them has always had Ryan’s best interests in mind, and they have worked to let him succeed as much as he can. I have said many times in IEP meetings that the reason he does as well as he does in a mainstreamed classroom is that people that worked with him have always raised the bar. They didn’t expect just enough progress to “get by.” They pushed him to excel. And that’s exactly what Ryan has done. He is a second grader in a regular classroom, with accommodations that were suggested by the team as SJIC and ECHO. They have been there for my every question, concern, setback, and triumph. I will forever be indebted to them.”

Jamie Kelley

   
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