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The Silent Garden

I was fortunate to be able to attend a workshop at California State University, Fresno last weekend let by Drs. Sam and Janet Trychin.  The Trychins were featured in the January/February 2015 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. 

The workshop, “You Never Listen To Me and Other Hearing-Loss Related stories: Real World Communication Solutions,” addressed communication problems between the person with a hearing loss and his/her “communication partner” (spouse, parent, child, etc.).

It was wonderful to be in a workshop that was 100% accessible!  There was a hearing loop installed by Jeffrey Klug, owner of Cooper Loop


There was also a team of oral interpreters for those who lip-read exclusively, a team of sign language interpreters and captioning!  I didn’t miss a word!


After Sam presented obstacles to good communication along with solutions and strategies to improve communication, Janet directed members of the audience in role playing some of these frustrating situations. Very fun and a good way to help us remember what NOT to do!

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‎The workshop is part of an endowment by the Silent Garden, a program within the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies at Fresno State that provides educational workshops for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

The Silent Garden was founded by Dr. Paul Ogden, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fresno.  The name of the program was taken from Dr. Ogden’s very popular book, The Silent Garden – Raising your Deaf Child.

I’ll share some of the good communication strategies I learned in my next post!