HEARING IMPAIRED PEN PALS
Welcome to hippkids!
Hippkids is a pen pal program specifically designed to bring children and teens with hearing loss together. Having a hearing loss can be isolating and lonely at times. Even though hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities, you might not know another young person your age with hearing loss in your school or local community. Hippkids connects you as pen pals with children and teens just like yourself so you can express yourself and your ideas, share information and increase your reading, writing and vocabulary skills in a fun environment. Make life-long friends and connect with others just like you from wherever you are in the world!
Hippkids utilizes writing to develop early literacy and communication skills. Reading and writing are so crucial to academic achievement and future life success, but many hearing impaired children struggle with learning how to read. While early literacy development is important for all children, it is even more so for hearing impaired children. Recent research indicates that children identified with a hearing loss who begin services early can develop language on par with their hearing peers. Hippkids was designed to develop communication and literacy skills in a fun and engaging way!
Hippkids allows children to feel connected to a larger community. Children with hearing loss often report feeling isolated, particularly when they do not know others with a hearing impairment. Furthermore, it has been shown that children with hearing loss are often bullied at rates two times that of the general population. Hippkids promotes self advocacy and helps hearing impaired children navigate through challenges they may face—check out the NAVIGATE tab above.
Hippkids connects children and teens worldwide, fostering friendships and creating an inclusive and caring community. My simple idea has grown into a worldwide program connecting over 180 children and teens in six countries as pen pals, building a worldwide community of friendship and support. Join the hippkids family!
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