Early Intervention

​​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.​

Main Goals of Early Intervention

Goal #1

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.

Goal #2​

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.​

Early Intervention Checklist

Questions Actions
​1.  Do I think that my baby might need a hearing check?
​2.  Have I been told that my baby is deaf or hard of hearing?
  • ​Call my school district and ask for services.
  • If you are having difficulty locating resources in the public school, talk with your audiologist or physician about other community programs.
  • Ask to meet with another parent, if you feel that would be helpful at this time.
​3.  Are new people being added to my baby's intervention team?
  • ​Find out who they are from the services coordinator and write down their names, phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses.
​4.  Is my family beginning to talk about goals for the baby and for us?
  • ​Write them down and share them with the family-infant teacher.
​5.  Am I beginning to notice so many little kinds of progress that I forget them by the end of the day?
  • ​Start a diary and write just a few words about each one.
​6.  Have I found a pediatrician, an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and an audiologist who really understand my baby and listens to me?
  • ​Keep up the relationship.
  • Organize records they tells me about my child.
  • Keep a record of appointments and what the appointment was for.
  • Bring written questions that you may have for them.
  • Keep a notebook containing all of your child's records: medical, educational, and therapy sessions.
​7.  Have I found support for my family and myself?
  • ​Develop these lists with support from the family-infant teacher and your service coordinator.  Keep a notebook of all these important contacts.
​8.  Do I have a support contact list of:
  • professionals that my baby is seeing?
  • organizations (local & national) that can provide help & resources?
  • parent support groups/individual parents in my area that can provide me & my family support?
  • ​Develop these lists with support from the family-infant teacher and your service coordinator.  Keep a notebook of all these important contacts.