Karla's son Ollie was born with Moderate- Severe Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss. After a very difficult pregnancy, Karla tells us about the diagnosis, how overwhelmed she felt with the endless appointments and information that was being offered – particularly when she was dealing with her own health issues. Her concern about his hearing aids and what other children would think.
She explains how in the early days she struggled with feelings of inadequacy and feeling very alone. The struggles she had with Ollie’s kindergarten and getting staff to understand his needs.
She tells us about the joys of his invaluable early learning program how it not only gave him the best start in life but that she also found the program a massive positive influence on herself. How it made her more open minded, stronger mentally, more understanding and patient of others and just all round more confident in my abilities to advocate for her son.
She also explains how they made life-long friends, their ‘tribe’ as she calls it and the huge support that has been for Ollie and their family.
Read about her top five challenges for raising a hard of hearing child, her top tips for newly-diagnosed families, and the strengths that she has developed personally and as a family.
She tells us of her hopes for Ollie and his future.
Read more of Karla’s amazing story here…
Karla Tomlinson - Our Story
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