Jenny Geiken is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a Wisconsin Sound Beginnings Birth to Three Consultant for infants and toddlers with hearing loss and a PPCI (Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants) alumni.
As a teacher in Wisconsin, she witnessed the need and desire for connections among children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families with other families who have a deaf or hard of hearing child.
With Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings occurring in the majority of hospitals in the state, children are being identified with hearing loss at a much younger age than in the past.
realized that families need the opportunity to have fun, socialize with their child who is deaf or hard of hearing and other families, and gain unbiased information about hearing loss.
In 2002, Jenny
as a playgroup; in January 2004, it became a non-profit organization.
From a community and statewide perspective, Jenny
has demonstrated leadership in developing Hand-N-Hand
This organization has expanded since its inception over ten years ago, to include educational seminars and classes, providing additional support for families, children, and providers.
has sought out various financial resources to support the organization in the form of grants at the community and regional level.
Through this process, she
has educated others about the importance of intervention and education for deaf and hard of hearing children, raising the community's awareness of the impact a hearing loss may have on a child's and family's development.