EARLY INTERVENTION RESOURCES
|What role does Early Intervention play in the LA EHDI process?|
Early intervention is the heart of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. Research shows that with early identification and appropriate family-centered early intervention services, children with hearing loss can develop better language, speech, cognitive and social-emotional development than later-identified children. It all begins with parents and professionals establishing a partnership. They work with each other to help the child reach his/her potential while respecting the diversity of families and communities.
Early intervention professionals are trained in a variety of disciplines, such as:
- speech-language pathologists
- deaf educators
- early childhood specialists
All individuals who provide servides to infants with hearing loss should have specialized training and expertise in the development of audition, speech, and language. Intervention services for the deaf or hard of hearing child include medical, audiological and educational interventions. This section focuses on educational early intervention (EI). EI services should be received as soon as possible after identification of a hearing loss; the EHDI goal is no later than 6 months of age.
*Roles developed by JCIH 2007 Position Statement
LA EHDI has the following resources:
- Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) 2007 Position Statement
- Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention After Confirmation That A Child is Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Supplement to the JCIH 2007 Position Statement
- Early Intervention Service Provider Qualifications
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is Early Steps and does my child qualify for services?
- Who should parents contact about Early Steps services?
- What kind of EI services should be provided for families of children with hearing loss?
- What are some highlights of the JCIH recommendations for early intervention?
Resources for families:
- My Baby's Hearing: Getting Started with Early Intervention
- A Parent's Wish List for Early Interventionists
- Early Intervention: Communication and Language Services for Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (CDC)
- Questions You May Want to Ask Your Child's Early Intervention Team
- Early Childhood Transition Process
Resources for Professionals:
- Gallaudet University Regional Centers
- First Years: Professional Development Through Distance Learning
- National Cued Speech Association: Cued Speech Camps
- AG Bell Association: Professional Development
- The University of New Orleans
- The University of Southern Mississippi
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