If you are just starting the early intervention process, you probably have many questions. Here, you will find answers to the questions parents often ask about programs and services available to families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Find resources to help you get started with education, support in your community, and other helpful links in these sections.
The first goal is to guide and support the family in promoting the baby’s early development. You will learn ways to encourage your child’s language and communication skills through your everyday interactions and routines. Getting involved early can help prevent delays for the child down the road.
The second goal is to help families get the support they need. Each family is unique, and your family-infant teacher will help you to clarify what supports will be most helpful to you. Supports can be informal (e.g., visiting with a trusted friend, talking to another parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing). They can also be formal (e.g., attending a parent workshop; meeting with Deaf adults). Family supports aid in learning new skills and adjusting to being parents of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
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