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I just found out my child has hearing loss. What should I do?
We are here to help! Give us a call at 973-397-0009 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are available to answer your questions, review reports and assist you with any next steps, including how to get started in early intervention.
Why is a specialty early intervention team important?
An early intervention program specialized in providing comprehensive services for infants and toddlers with hearing loss and their families is best positioned to respond to advances in technology and implement research supported intervention. Sound Start Babies Program is a NJ recognized provider of specialized evaluations, assessments, and services. Our team meets the rigorous standards of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.
How do I decide the best way to communicate with my child?
Our Sound Start Babies team is prepared and able to discuss the various research validated options available to support the growth of language, speech, and communication for your baby. Our team can discuss which options can help meet your communication goals and discuss the merits of each considering your child’s degree of hearing loss, your family’s preferences, and needs. Since the Sound Start Babies Program has staff members with expertise in a variety of communication modes, we are prepared to work with you to achieve your goals, and to have the flexibility to adapt if change is needed.
How can teleintervention help my family?
Teleintervention has proven to be a useful research validated service delivery model, allowing consistent services when practical concerns, (e.g. distance, illness, weather, ability to include extended family members) preclude in person services. Zoom, a HIPPA compliant confidential resource is our primary means of providing teleintervention services. If a family needs assistance accessing the required technology for teleintervention, our program can provide alternatives and/or loaner equipment.
What happens in a teleintervention session?
Early intervention sessions are designed to guide you and your family in achieving the goals you determined in your Individual Family Service Plan. Our team of specialists including teachers of the deaf, speech language pathologists, pediatric audiologist, occupational and physical therapists all have experience in formulating and demonstrating strategies that you can incorporate into your regular daily routines to take advantage of your child’s strengths and meet your child’s unique needs. The team will answer your questions and provide information, specific to your family and child. Should you need foreign language interpretation to take full advantage of these services, language interpretation services are also available.
Time or Talent
Do you have a special talent, skill, or service you are looking to share? Sound Start Babies Program welcomes volunteers in various capacities.
New families at Sound Start Babies benefit from connections to current and former families as they navigate the world of hearing loss. If you are interested in sharing your experience with others, please contact us!
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Is it important to seek early intervention for my child with hearing loss?
Yes! These early years are a crucial time for establishing language, speech, and communication. Regardless of the degree of hearing loss, individualized early intervention, from a team specialized in working with children with hearing loss and their families, will help you optimize this important time period.