Welcome to Kids with Hearing Loss (KWHL)!
This is the place to be if you are a parent raising a child who is deaf/hard of hearing. You can find support, understanding, and join a community that gets what you need.
Hello! I am Krystyann Krywko and I am an award winning education writer and researcher, specializing in hearing loss and how it affects children and families. If you are interested in reading my award winning articles here they are: Bullying and Hearing Loss: How to Help Your Child Become More Resilient, and The Changing Landscape of Deaf Education.
In addition to my professional experience and education, I am raising a son with hearing loss, who was late diagnosed, and I have hearing loss myself. You can read more about our story here.
I am originally from Calgary, Canada, I spent the past 15 years living in NYC where my husband and I started to raise our family. We recently left the hustle of the city behind us and moved to Westchester County, New York.
About this site
It’s funny that KWHL turned out to be the acronym for this site. For any of you with a teaching background those initials will look familiar – KWHL is a common chart that is used in classrooms to help students organize their thoughts.
K – What do we Know?
W – What do we want to find out?
H – How can we find out?
L – What did we Learn?
I think that aptly fits the spirit of this site. That we are all on a journey in parenting our children. There are some things we know, but there are also more answers that we are searching for. My goal is to help you find those answers.
This website grew out of my search for down to earth, practical, everyday advice for raising a child with hearing loss. When my son was first diagnosed I found plenty of experts who talked at me, but very few who were willing to speak with me. I was tired of reading dismal statistics and education outcomes for children who were deaf/hard of hearing. I was tired of the constantly being told what my son’s weaknesses were, what areas he had/would have trouble with. I wanted to know what his strong points were, what were his strengths.
My aim is to be informative and engaging, without overwhelming. There is a lot to take in when parenting a child with hearing loss. I talk a lot about the emotional side of parenting a child with hearing loss, simply because I think that often gets overlooked in the technicalities of the things we go through in raising our children – trouble shooting hearing aids and cochlear implants, figuring out the finer points of speech therapy, not to mention educational issues that arise at school.
What you will find on this site.
- Blog articles – the articles on this site are a little offbeat. I take my experience as a mother, as an educator, and as a learner and I mash them all together to put things that you might not think about into new packages, always with a spin towards raising a child who is deaf/hard of hearing. I generally post once, maybe twice a week, so there is always something fresh in your inbox.
- Parenting resources – these are standalone pieces that I am constantly working on. 5 Emotional Sticking Points of Parenting a Child with Hearing Loss, is the first one I wrote. It is available as a freebie when you subscribe to this site – as a thank you for joining the community. In the future these will take the form of checklists, videos, podcasts, and additional eBooks. So stay tuned!
To help introduce you to some of the content you can find on this site here are the links to three of my most popular posts:
I look forward to learning more about you and the support you need. Please do not hesitate to connect with me at Krysty@kidswithhearingloss.org