For the past 30 years, Boys Town National Research Hospital has celebrated the holiday season with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. On December 12, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the annual holiday celebration was held at the Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders.
Santa Claus made a special appearance and children got to tell him their Christmas wishes through sign or spoken language. Other festivities included cookie decorations, ornament craft-making, face painting and best of all, spending time in a warm environment surrounded with friends and families.
“Many families attend our event every year and as staff, we get the opportunity to see the children develop and grow in a place that feels just like home to them,” said Cathy Carotta, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Director of Clinical Services at the CCD.
The Center for Childhood Deafness at Boys Town National Research Hospital is internationally recognized as a center of excellence for applied research, early intervention strategies and rehabilitative services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, visual impairment and related communication disorders and their families.