Serve Children Identified with Hearing Loss
If you are serving families in your program who have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, you can play a critical role in helping them find the resources and information they need. Resources are also available to you as the child's education
We've posted some new tools to help you get started. As a first step, open and print this checklist. Next, gather more detailed information by reading an informative article on including children with hearing loss in early childhood programs.
To gain more understanding of the kind of emotional support that families appreciate receiving, read one parent's perspective. Parents value teachers and other professionals who support them in the goals they set for their children.
Different families will choose different communication options based on their child's needs. Assistive listening devices may be appropriate for some children and not for others. If children are relying on hearing aids or other devices, one vital thing to learn is how to check each day to make sure any device is working properly. For example, hearing aid batteries need to be replaced regularly. If a child needs hearing aids and parents need help finding a way to pay for them, be sure to check this list describing funding hearing aids for children.
What other resources do you need to serve children who have a hearing loss in your program?
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