Sunday, July 26, 2009

more Granada, Nicaragua pics

You can see the flights of stairs I took on the way down. Sorry, they are a little blurry.

Pics from Granada, Nicaragua

Beautiful City! The first pic is Dr. Bleile (Professor in Iowa) and his daughter Judy looking at pottery. The other pics are of the gorgeous city. It is quaint and small, but it has a lot of character. A couple of us went to the cathedral...all the way up to the bell Tower. It was about 12 flights of steep stairs to reach the top.

another hearing screen!

Kevin, Moses, and staffing

The two children you see are Kevin and Moses. Both have Autism. The other pics are me working/educating the teachers and parents.

Conducting a hearing screening in Leon, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is great. I am staying at an employee of the US embassy's home. The employee lives close to the Hondurian Embassy. We even saw the Hondurian President right outside our front door on his way back to his country! Crazy, huh? There were police and cameras everywhere...No other crowd...just the people I am staying with, police, and camera crews!

There were about 28 speech and social work students and two professors from Iowa who came on this Nicaragua trip. Everyone was super genuine and really easy to work with. In the end, we identified 3 people with hearing loss (not related to a cold or cerumen) who will need hearing aids. The other kids with temporary hearing loss due to ear infections and wax were referred to their local hospital for follow-up. I tested about 64 people all together. There is an audiologist in Durango, CO, Dr. Chandace Jeep, who will donate hearing aids. She also lent us her OAE machine to take on the trip. Thanks, Chandace!!!

The children I worked with in March who have autism have made great strides. The teachers really took everything we said to heart, and they have implemented new programs for more "Floortime-play" type activities.

more hogan pics (oh and I threw in Nick and I holding up our marriage license in WY!)

Navajo Indian Reservation

Few pics of a "hogan" on the Indian Reservation I work on. The homes were made out of mud at one time, but has since been made of logs.