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 help the baby who is deaf or hard of hearing learn to communicate, to use any available hearing and to interact socially. All children learn skills best at certain ages. During these "sensitive periods," your baby's brain is ready to learn. If these opportunities for learning are missed, it will be more difficult to learn the skills later on.
The second goal is to help your baby become a fully participating member of the family. Everyone in the family is important to your baby's development, especially in developing language and social skills. For example, you'll want your baby to know what your family talks about at mealtime and what big brother and sister did at school. And, like all other young children, you'll want your baby to understand where you're going when you get into the car, when it's time to go to bed and when it's time to play, who Barney, Arthur and Big Bird are and what they talk about.