Setting Language in Motion
Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who Are Deaf or 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, spoken English, and Spanish with closed captions.
1. Early Identification
Module 1 focuses on providing a foundation of knowledge regarding both screening and evaluation of hearing in infants and toddlers. Babies’ brains are inherently wired for acquiring language.
2. The Ear and Testing
Module 2 focuses on providing information on how the ear works and how an infant’s hearing is tested.
3. Hearing Aids
Module 3 provides information on hearing aids, their use, and maintenance tips.
4. Launching Communication and Language Through Sign
5. Cochlear Implants
Module 5 provides information on cochlear implants, surgical considerations, activation, and expectations.
6. Communication and Language in the Home
Module 6 provides information on how to promote communication and language in the home.
7. Family Supports
Module 7 provides support and information for families and caregivers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
You will be able to view each module in a video individually, along with a detailed explanation about that module.
About the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children’s Hospital
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program provides comprehensive evaluation and consultative services to deaf and hard of hearing children. Program professionals interact closely with the child’s physician, school, and other applicable agencies. The team at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program cares for more than 1,000 children and their families each year. This program is one of the largest and most experienced programs of its kind in the country.