Olipop's journey - hear through play

My intention with this blog is to share our story, it is written from my point of view as a hearing mother of a deaf child. I can’t speak for the feelings that my son has experienced but I can share mine. My hope is that by sharing our story from my point view, we can become a resource for others. Each journey will look different, each family will choose what will work for them and their circumstances.

This could mean different hearing technologies being used from cochlear implants, hearing aids to bone anchoring hearing devices such as BAHA’s. This could mean choosing (a) spoken language only approach, (b) sign language approach or a combination of the two. There is no judgement here, each journey is unique, this is just Oli pop’s journey, one that has included hear through play.

Olipop’s Journey Blog

What recording our first podcast stirred up..

What recording our first podcast stirred up..

While recording the first episode for the Olipop’s Journey podcast, a lot came up for me that I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t expecting to lose my words and not be able to express myself. I wasn’t expecting to feel so cautious about what I said in case I offend someone. I wasn’t expecting to doubt myself so much. Why did I feel like this? It is after all our journey that I am sharing and our experience, there is no right or wrong, each journey is unique. But I suppose this is what social media does?!?! I have seen such incredible families share their journey’s and just be torn apart by some keyboard warrior, am I ready to put myself in the firing line?
Tuesday Toy Tip: Turning Chores into Playtime

Tuesday Toy Tip: Turning Chores into Playtime

Toys are often associated with fun and play, but what if I told you that some of the best "toys" for your child might already be right under your roof? In today's Tuesday Toy Tip, we're flipping the script and exploring how household chores can double as valuable playtime experiences for your kiddo. So put away the shopping list – it's time to get creative with chores!
Tuesday Toy Tip: Toy Rotation

Tuesday Toy Tip: Toy Rotation

Toy rotation and having all toys readily available both have their merits, and the best approach depends on various factors like space, the child's preferences, and developmental needs.
Olipop’s Journey – Episode 1

Olipop’s Journey – Episode 1

Transcription: Olipop’s Journey, Episode 1 Welcome to Olipop’s Journey, a podcast dedicated to not just ...
Tuesday Toy Tip: Harnessing the Power of Dress-Up Play in Speech Therapy

Tuesday Toy Tip: Harnessing the Power of Dress-Up Play in Speech Therapy

Dress-up play isn't just a fun pastime—it's a valuable tool that can be seamlessly integrated into speech therapy sessions, offering numerous benefits for individuals working on speech and language skills. Here's why dress-up play is particularly beneficial in the context of speech therapy:
Tuesday toy tip: Art Supplies for Expressive Language

Tuesday toy tip: Art Supplies for Expressive Language

Using art supplies like crayons, markers, and paints with children is a fantastic way to boost their expressive language skills alongside their creativity.
Tuesday toy tip: The importance of toy versatility and adaptability

Tuesday toy tip: The importance of toy versatility and adaptability

Make sure that toys are versatile and adaptable, or another way to put this is open-ended. Toys that can have multiple uses or ways to play with are so valuable.
1 year down and many more to go

1 year down and many more to go

I often think that I am not entirely sure what I was thinking when I decided to open up a toyshop. I had no idea what it all entailed putting out toys into the market. Then I remind myself to think about my why? Why did I want to do this? What was the reason that I started Olipop Toyshop?
Tuesday toy tip: Choose toys that promote movement

Tuesday toy tip: Choose toys that promote movement

Young children are full of energy and let’s be honest, they love to move. If given the choice, they would rather move and do something then sit still and do something.
Tuesday toy tip: Ditch the battery operated toys

Tuesday toy tip: Ditch the battery operated toys

Most parents have heard this before, but I find grandparents don’t like hearing this BUT ditch the battery operated toys. Toys with batteries often have flashing lights and play music. These toys are great to look at and often listen to too for kids…not so much the parents in my experience.
Kwêla episode

Kwêla episode

In August, we were interviewed by Kwela, an Afrikaans TV show on Kyknet in South Africa. We were able to share Oli’s story and also how Olipop Toyshop came about.
Upgrade Switch on DONE

Upgrade Switch on DONE

Time truly goes by so quickly… Today we got the news that our medical aid finally paid for Oli’s bilateral upgrade.
Time flies

Time flies

Time truly goes by so quickly… Today we got the news that our medical aid finally paid for Oli’s bilateral upgrade.
Sharing and learning, from our journey

Sharing and learning, from our journey

If you had asked me a couple of years ago, if I would be on television sharing personal information about our family, I would have laughed at you. Told you, you had the wrong person, but here we are.
Reflections on the last month

Reflections on the last month

This is the fourth September, the fourth Deaf Awareness month that we have celebrated and the third year ...
Unlocking the Eight Sensory Systems: A Deep Dive into Their Influence on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Unlocking the Eight Sensory Systems: A Deep Dive into Their Influence on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

The Five, scratch that, Eight Sensory Systems and Their Impact on Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children Our sensory ...
Tuesday toy tip: Toys, even therapy toys, don’t have to be expensive

Tuesday toy tip: Toys, even therapy toys, don’t have to be expensive

Where is it possible, try to include the three ‘Rs’ when playing with your child. This can mean that things can get loud and also rather repetitive but it's exactly what children need in order to learn spoken language.
Tuesday toy tip: Harnessing the power of the ‘R’

Tuesday toy tip: Harnessing the power of the ‘R’

Where is it possible, try to include the three ‘Rs’ when playing with your child. This can mean that things can get loud and also rather repetitive but it's exactly what children need in order to learn spoken language.
Phonemic awareness, a foundation for spoken language and reading

Phonemic awareness, a foundation for spoken language and reading

What is Phonemic Awareness Phonemes are the individual units of sound that make up words. For example, the word ...
Tuesday toy tip: Store your hearing therapy toys that require supervision separate

Tuesday toy tip: Store your hearing therapy toys that require supervision separate

Any parent needing to do therapy with a child at home knows that sometimes the hardest part of the job is, being ...
Technology check, sound check, wear time

Technology check, sound check, wear time

When Oli was initially diagnosed, I remember Frikkie, our audiologist mentioning something about technology being
It’s a process, hearing technology is not a quick fix or cure, it’s the starting point.

It’s a process, hearing technology is not a quick fix or cure, it’s the starting point.

Implantation done, switch on or activation done and now Oli can hear, right?He hears just like you and me now, so
Switch On – Part 2 of 2 

Switch On – Part 2 of 2 

After our unexpected hospital visit one week post op, things were pretty much smooth sailing on a physical level ...
Coping with Sudden Onset of Hearing Loss: Strategies and Support

Coping with Sudden Onset of Hearing Loss: Strategies and Support

Our guide on how to cope with sudden hearing loss Sudden onset of hearing loss can be a disorienting and ...
What are Phonemics?

What are Phonemics?

What are phonemics? Phonemics is a branch of linguistics that studies the phonemes of a language. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound that can distinguish one word from another in a language. For example, the words "mat" and "bat" differ by only one phoneme, the /b/ sound.
Switch On – Part 1 of 2 

Switch On – Part 1 of 2 

The first night with Oli was a bit bumpy.  He did sleep, but he was uncomfortable and he did scream a bit. The ...
Cochlear implantation – Part 2 of 2

Cochlear implantation – Part 2 of 2

After collecting myself, I walked back to the paediatric ward. I gathered some of Oli’s things and then went back ...
Cochlear implantation – Part 1 of 2

Cochlear implantation – Part 1 of 2

It ended up being just 9 days between Oli’s testing and the operation. If I think back to that time, it really was
To implant or not (Part 2 of 2)

To implant or not (Part 2 of 2)

“Mrs Wasserman, everything looks good, Oliver is a candidate for cochlear implantation, we have the theatre booked
To implant or not (Part 1 of 2)

To implant or not (Part 1 of 2)

Oli did really well with his hearing aids. We started slowly as to not overwhelm him. Of course it was a HUGE ...
The Diagnosis (part 2 of 2)

The Diagnosis (part 2 of 2)

My son is deaf. I will be honest, it took me a long time to be able to use that word. If people asked about Oli’s ...
The Diagnosis (part 1 of 2)

The Diagnosis (part 1 of 2)

After Frikkie spoke those words to us, the rest of time with him was a bit of blur. I remember him saying ...
A hunch (part 2 of 2)

A hunch (part 2 of 2)

My reaction??  I am embarrassed to say, I screamed and cried, I felt absolutely gutted, I knew he couldn’t hear.
A hunch (part 1 of 2)

A hunch (part 1 of 2)

A hunch, mother’s intuition, listening to your gut? We have all heard this before. It’s something that I have ...

Oli pop's journey - hear through play

My intention with this blog is to share our story, it is written from my point of view as a hearing mother of a deaf child. I can’t speak for the feelings that my son has experienced but I can share mine.

My hope is that by sharing our story from my point view, we can become a resource for others. Each journey will look different, each family will choose what will work for them and their circumstances.

This could mean different hearing technologies being used from cochlear implants, hearing aids to bone anchoring hearing devices such as BAHA’s.

This could mean choosing (a) spoken language only approach, (b) sign language approach or a combination of the two.

There is no judgement here, each journey is unique, this is just Oli pop’s journey, one that has included hear through play.