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Building Our Support Team

Most parents with a newly identified deaf or hard of hearing child have had little or no exposure to children or adults with hearing loss. In fact, just ten percent of parents with a deaf child are deaf themselves.

Generally, most parents with a deaf child or hard of hearing child do not have adequate information about hearing loss. Parents and family members should expect to receive support from their infant/family specialist from the time their baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss.

However, it is also essential that parents build their own support system. Additional support is found with family, friends, others with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and experts within the school system and community. Your child's infant/family specialist and other professionals can help to identify additional sources of support.

Setting up Family Support
Setting up School Support
Setting up Community Support