Building a 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 10% of parents with a deaf child are deaf themselves.

Generally, most parents with a deaf 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.

​Finding Programs and Resources in Your Community

You are probably curious about the placements in your area. There are a lot of people that you can ask:

  • Special Education Director for your school district
  • Your neighborhood school principal.
  • Your Infant/Family Specialist or teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Ask other parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Ask for a chance to visit places that sound interesting to you and appropriate for your child. If you have an Infant/Family Specialist, maybe you can go together and talk about what you have seen.

You can use this chart to keep track of their information.

​Name of School or Program: ​Questions: ​Answers: Notes:

​Special Educational Director:

​School Principal:

Infant/Family Specialist:

​Other Parents:

​Others:

  • Teacher
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist