Family and Professional Resources: Early Intervention

The following links are to numerous national and international on-line early intervention resources for families and/or professionals. 

Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This web-based product was developed as a collaborative effort between the Clerc Center and The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children's Hospital for early intervention providers, educators of deaf children, early childhood specialists, allied professionals, parents, and other caregivers. Seven modules are provided to share information critical to promoting early language acquisition for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This product is available in both American Sign Language and spoken English, with closed captions.

Early Intervention Network  (Clerc Center)

This on-line resource was developed at the Clerc Center to share evidence-based practices essential to the development of linguistic competence in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Various programs implementing these components from throughout the country are highlighted, and a discussion forum is available for early intervention professionals.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adult Involvement Learning Community (NCHAM)

This site is a learning community of programs involved in providing services that connect families and their deaf or hard of hearing child with deaf or hard of hearing individuals. Facilitated through the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), the website of this learning community includes links to information on research and published literature, the role of technology and social media, examples of deaf and hard of hearing mentor/adult involvement programs, family stories, and other resources and tools  on this topic.

Early Beginnings for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Guidelines for Effective Services (written for Clerc Center)

Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, professor of education in the graduate school and co-director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and their Families Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program at Gallaudet University, developed this e-paper for the Clerc Center. It discusses myths, facts, and recommended practices for early intervention.

Frequently Asked Questions: Considerations for Using an ASL and Spoken English Bilingual Approach with Young Children who are Deaf  and Hard of Hearing (Clerc Center, PDF)

This FAQ, developed at the Clerc Center, responds to questions related to bilingual development in two modalities. It discusses evidence supporting an ASL and spoken English approach and the planning process essential to implementing this approach with young children. It provides references and resources related to this topic.

A Good Start: Suggestions for Visual Conversations with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Babies 

The paper developed for the Clerc Center in 2001 shares suggestions for practical ways to communicate visually with deaf and hard of hearing babies based on research.

How Early Intervention Can Make a Difference: Research and Trends (Clerc Center Webcast)

Dr. Beth Benedict, professor in the Communication Studies department at Gallaudet University and co-coordinator of Gallaudet's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program, shares information about what research suggests about the importance of early intervention, how the field is evolving, and what professionals in the field can do to make a difference.

Infant Hearing Guide (NIDCD)

This website describes a DVD with three sections: diagnosis, taking action, and family support. This interactive tool with videos was developed with funding by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health.

Informed Choice (National Deaf Children's Society and University of Manchester, PDFs)

One for professionals and one for families, these comprehensive handbooks on "informed choice" are based on the premise that families must not only have information about choices, but understand the benefits and risks of any particular choice. These handbooks are designed to promote an approach to knowledgeable-based decision making for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing based on comprehensive, unbiased, and evidence-based information.

Beginnings: For Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This website and associated resources were developed by a non-profit organization providing support for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, age birth through 21 years.

Interactive Notebook for Families with a Young Child Who Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NCHAM, PDF)

This downloadable resource notebook provides information on a variety of topics related to raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. This resource, developed collaboratively by professionals and parents, was funded in part by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Utah Department of Health's Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs.

"Just in Time" (Hearing-Related Resources for Families) (NCHAM, PDF)

This document includes descriptions and links to resources for "first responders" and families immediately following identification that a child is deaf or hard of hearing. It is available in English and Spanish.

Making a Plan: IFSP Considerations for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CDC and EHDI, PDF)

This document was developed by the parent-to-parent committee of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and EHDI. It is designed to guide conversations between parents and their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) teams as they address the unique language and communication considerations for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. It is available in English and Spanish (translated by the Texas School for the Deaf).

My Baby's Hearing (Boys Town)

This family-centered, on-line resource was developed by Boys Town National Research Hospital to answer parents' questions about such topics as infant hearing screening and follow-up testing, steps to take after identifying that a child is deaf or hard of hearing, evaluating hearing and fitting listening technologies, language and speech, and parenting issues. It is divided into two sections: "First Steps: Newborn Screening" and "Next Steps: My Baby Has a Hearing Loss." The site is also available in Spanish.

Odyssey 2011: Early Intervention and Outreach (Clerc Center)

The 2011 issue of Odyssey focused on early intervention and outreach. Authors from throughout the United States shared ideas and strategies on early intervention, and early language development for young deaf and hard of hearing babies and young children.

Sign Language Use for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Babies: The Evidence Supports It (ASDC and Clerc Center, PDF in English)

This document, developed by Tiara V. Malloy and disseminated by the American Society for Deaf Children and the Clerc Center, discusses the evidence supporting the use of sign language with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is available in English, Spanish , and Chinese.

SKI-HI Institute Resources and Materials 

This website includes links to widely used curriculum guides and other resources developed by the SKI-HI Institute to provide supports to family-centered programming for infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss 

This privately developed website is intended for professionals and family members seeking information about the learning and social issues of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The website is divided into information on early intervention and school-aged students. There are links to numerous practical resources as well as webcasts for training on a variety of topics.


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