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

General Resources

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

This website and its associated resources were developed by a nonprofit organization providing support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (ages birth through 21).

Frequently Asked Questions: Considerations for Using an ASL and Spoken English Bilingual Approach with Young Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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.

Early Beginnings for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Guidelines for Effective Services

This paper was developed for the Clerc Center website by Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, PhD, co-director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. It describes myths, facts, and recommended practices for early intervention.

EHDI E-Book: A Resource Guide for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (2014)

A comprehensive resource guide on numerous topics related to early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI), this e-book, developed by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), is written by many experts actively involved in EHDI.

Educating Deaf Children

This interactive website was created to serve as a source of factual information for parents, teachers, and others interested in the raising and educating of deaf and hard of hearing children. It provides an opportunity to submit questions and have them answered by members of the Center for Education Research Partnerships (at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf), members of the editorial board of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, or one of a group of international experts who has volunteered to participate in this project.

Guidelines for Audiologists Providing Informational and Adjustment Counseling to Families of Infants and Young Children with Hearing Loss, Birth to 5 Years of Age

This ASHA document shares practical strategies and considerations for audiologists when counseling families of newly identified children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Hands & Voices Advocacy and Support Training (ASTra)

An advocacy training program was developed by Hands & Voices. It is based on Educational Advocacy for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: The Hands & Voices Guidebook. This program, geared towards empowering families as their child's advocate, is a resource for families, advocates, and professionals who support the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Hearing Loss in Children

This comprehensive website was developed and is updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A variety of topics are covered for both professionals and families related to screening and intervention, including research and family stories. Video clips are included in the section on learning language.

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

Dr. Beth Benedict, professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University and coordinator of Gallaudet's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program, shares information about what research is telling us 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

This website describes a DVD with three sections: diagnosis, taking action, and family support. This interactive tool 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)
Informed Choice, Families, and Deaf Children: A Professional Handbook
Helping You Choose: Making Informed Choices for You and Your Child 

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 also understand the benefits and risks of any particular choice. These handbooks are designed to promote an approach to knowledge-based decision making for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing based on comprehensive, unbiased, and evidence-based information.

Interactive Notebook for Families with a Young Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This downloadable resource notebook on a variety of topics related to raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing was developed collaboratively by professionals and parents. It was funded in part by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, 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 for Your Child: IFSP Considerations for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

It is available in English and Spanish (translated by the Texas School for the Deaf)

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.

My Baby's Hearing

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. www.audiciondelbebe.org/portada.asp.

Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss
www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/products/opening_doors/index.html (English) and www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/products/opening_doors/espanol.html (Spanish)

This publication, produced for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), provides background on early intervention, the use of technology, and other supports available to children and their families.

Raising and Educating Deaf Children: Foundations for Policy, Practice, and Outcomes http://raisingandeducatingdeafchildren.org/

This website, operated in association with the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and administered by the Center for Education Research Partnerships at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, provides evidence-based information to guide policy-making and practices associated with raising and educating deaf children. It includes quarterly bulletins on a variety of topics, http://raisingandeducatingdeafchildren.org/page-ebulletins.

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

This web-based resource was developed as a collaborative effort between Boston Children's Hospital and the Clerc Center for early intervention providers, educators of deaf children, early childhood specialists, allied professionals, and 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 American Sign Language, spoken English, and Spanish and is also open captioned.

SKI-HI Institute Resources and Materials

This website 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 website was privately developed 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.

The Home Team: A Family-Centered Approach to Working with Newly Identified Babies Who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and Their Families

This website links to a video produced by the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) presenting strategies and techniques to facilitate relationship building between interventionists and families.

What the Eyes Reveal About the Brain: Advances in Human Language Acquisition--Insights from Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) and the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2)  (Clerc Center Archived Webcast)

Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, from Gallaudet University's Brain and Language Laboratory, shares breakthrough research related to the visual modality and what happens when, as she says, "the lion's share of knowledge comes from the eyes." She addresses the impact of that on brain structure and function and findings on how this applies to early language acquisition

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