Sharing the Achievements of Children Using LSL
In 1998, we made a documentary film showing children who are deaf or hard of hearing learning to listen and Talk, Dreams Spoken Here. Five years later, we followed up with the children to see how they were doing and released Dreams Made Real. We produced several versions of Dreams Made Real for different audiences (Suenos Realizados, Hear the Difference, There’s a New Kid in School and Make a Difference). Over the years, we distributed several million hard copies of the films to families and professionals to show the outcomes possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use listening and spoken language. Links to the films are below.
Twenty years later, in October 2018, Hearing First launched LSL Life — an online platform where visitors can watch inspirational videos and read stories celebrating the tremendous achievements of a new generation of children. The children in LSL Life were identified early with hearing loss and received early access to hearing technology and LSL intervention services, and we invite you to visit the site and meet families who will describe how their dreams for their child with hearing loss are being realized today.
Watch Our Dream Spoken Films
Dreams Spoken Here
Produced in 1998, Dreams Spoken Here introduces a group of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and shares their stories from the early stages of their listening and spoken language journey. Length: 22 minutes.
Dreams Made Real: Into the Mainstream
Produced in 2004, the Dreams Made Real revisits some of the children from Dreams Spoken Here and highlights their achievements five years later. Length: 23 minutes.
Suenos Realizados (Dreams Made Real with Spanish Subtitles)
Hear the Difference
Produced in 2004, Hear the Difference is intended for an audience of healthcare professionals so that they can see and hear the outcomes possible with early identification, early intervention and listening and spoken language for children who are diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing. Length: 9 minutes.
There’s a New Kid in School
There’s a New Kid in School was produced in 2004 and is intended for public school teachers and administrators to introduce them to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and who enter the mainstream using listening and spoken language. Length: 10 minutes.
Make a Difference
Make a Difference was produced in 2004 and is intended for an audience of pre-service professionals who may be interested in considering a career working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are using listening and spoken language. Length: 8 minutes.