Early Intervention Network: Supporting Linguistic Competence for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Factor 4


The evidence supporting Factor 4 centers on: 1) the importance of early fitting of listening technologies, and 2) the importance of evaluating and monitoring the role of listening in the development of linguistic competence.

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Recommended Practices

Based on evidence, the recommended practices for Factor 4 are to provide collaborative early intervention practices to guide fitting of listening technologies and decision making regarding language and communication strategies and to provide family services and supports to facilitate spoken language acquisition.

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Program Highlight: HEAR Wisconsin

HEAR Wisconsin is a nonprofit agency that provides services across the spectrum of communication and technology opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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