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Old 05-05-2007, 03:28 PM   #1
Jennifer Conlin
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Today was the second time I've run a Fit camp in the park next to my house. I've been using Meetup.com as my main ad.
Last week no one came...oh well. I had a good workout myself in the park.
Today I had two women come. Both of them are deaf!
What a challenge! For them and me! Also my friend Reggi and Partner Diane came. It was so hard to keep a flow. They could read lips but if you've done that before you know it takes some time. I had to keep finding there eyes to give instruction.
So does anyone have any ideas? I had two hearing people and two deaf. I felt like my hearing people got the short end of the deal since I had to slow things down for them so that I could take extra time to show/explain things to the non-hearing folks.
I had fun overall and hope they come back.
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:36 PM   #2
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So cool!

What if you did a very truncated version of your WOD and "asked" for questions?

I've done yoga in France and if you know what's coming and watch the people around you everything will be fine.

Keep it up!
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Old 05-05-2007, 04:57 PM   #3
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I've had deaf students before, too. I found that making sure to have eye contact as much as possible -- made me more aware of how sometimes when you're instructing you'll turn and keep talking -- can't do that if people are reading your lips! Also, don't be afraid to make physical contact to get their attention. I found it was actually a really good experience and made me rely less on words and more on demonstrating things next to them for them to mirror and also using my hands to put them into position so they could feel it. Those are good tools for teaching - hearing or non-hearing!
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Old 05-05-2007, 08:21 PM   #4
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Next time, perhaps bring a portable whiteboard? It'll be useful for the forgetful hearing-able people, too.
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Old 05-06-2007, 04:53 PM   #5
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Jen,

That's quite a challenge.

As a shooting instructor, I've learned that even people who can hear lip read a lot more than we think. When everyone is wearing earplugs and earmuffs, and other people are shooting, too, I've found I communicate a lot better if students are looking at me. I'm still hoarse when I walk out of the range, though!

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Old 05-06-2007, 06:07 PM   #6
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I didn't know you were a shooting instructor, John. I may have use for your services in the fall.
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:15 PM   #7
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Great job, Jen! Keep giving everyone a chance.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:57 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. It looks like I'm going to get better at this since they are both coming back. Which is awesome!
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:51 AM   #9
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Hey Jen,
Find out what cues you tend to use over and over and learn the signs. I'm sure the two people would be happy to teach you, or google them. Its been my experience that people who sign are genuinely happy to help you learn and are pleased as punch when someone tries. And its perfectly acceptable to touch a shoulder to get their attention. (Our son is deaf and although I'm not a star signer -I know kid words, hardly what you need in a real conversation- I get points for trying)
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:13 PM   #10
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Jen,

Great exercise for your hands!

Sign Language

We had a couple all-staters on my high school
football team that were deaf from birth;
sometimes I think the shutting out
of noise distraction gave them a better focus
on the field.
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