Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Elijah just got a videophone for the house. He is not really that sign dependent, but a mom in New York who is deaf and has a deaf son with tourette's recently contacted me through email. She wanted for her son and Elijah to be able to communicate about their tourettes. Elijah understands a lot more sign than he uses, and I would like for him to learn a bit more sign! This also allows the other mom and I to be able to chat about our boys. They both seem very alike!!!

I have also been able to talk to a few of my former students using the videophone. It is really neat and Elijah loves to be able to use it. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and use sign language to communicate you can qualify for a free sorenson videophone. Just go to their website at

If you have a videophone and would like to chat, send then leave a comment and we can exchange phone numbers!!!

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