She was born completely deaf in 2011. She couldn't hear the roar of a jet engine 100ft away. She was a successful candidate for cochlear implants and since age 2/3 has been able to hear. As soon as she could hear she began attending the Clarke School in Jacksonville Florida. Now after 3 years at Clarke she is an excellent listener and her speech is developing rapidly to the point where she is ready to attend 1st grade at the local elementary school with her brother and sister.
Khadija Shandor's journey began in Rabat, Morocco where she was born. Soon after khadija moved with her family to Sedona,AZ and despite her father's insistence that she was fine her mother's maternal instinct knew something was not right. Finally her Dad took out a pot and banged it loudly right behind her and khadija had no reaction. We both had confirmation that our precious little one couldn't hear. Hoping for the best she had tubes put in to drain fluid from her ears but still no hearing. Next hearing aids were tried but no benefit. Finally Dr Fucci at Arizona Hearing and balance center in Phoenix decided cochlear implants might be tried and after along operation the device was implanted in khadija's little scalp just behind the ear at age two. That "AHA" moment that you read about when a deaf child hears for the first time is mostly MYTH- our khadija actually started crying when the 1st auditory stimulus entered her brain. However now she was part of the hearing world and the hard work of training her brain and tangue began.
From that moment on all family decisions were really predicated on what was best for Khadija and her path to hearing and speech.
We loaded up the Uhaul and drove across country landing in Vero Beach where khadija had her grandparents and aunties as support. However as we were to discover the center of deaf education was in St Augustine, the oldest city in America where the Florida school of deaf and blind is located. After another move North we landed like the explorers of old in the "Ancient City" St Augustine. Khadija went to FSDB and then transferred to Clarke school in Jacksonville that provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Today the possibilities for children who are deaf like my daughter khadija are greater than ever before because Clarke professionals and families are working together to ensure that every child has the chance to reach their full potential
After 3 years of hard work at Clarke khadija has had many milestones. From her first words to learning how to ride a bike and speak in complete sentences. She had made amazing progress and the dedicated teachers abd speech therapists at Clarke have much to do with her progress.
Every year the Clarke School holds events to raise much needed funds in support of deaf education. The Kilwins Ice Cream run 2017 is a celebration in support of the clarke school mission.
Khadija will run a 100 yard dash and we are asking you please to sponsor her in the kiddie dash by making a contribution in her name " khadija shandor "
Thank you all for taking time to read about our darling daughter khadij's journey and please continue or begin to pray for her success as her fantastic Journey unfolds.
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