Last Modified: 11/22/2013
The information in this section is intended for parents of children with hearing loss and professionals working with families. When a child is identified with a hearing loss, parents and family members often seek new knowledge and resources to help them understand issues related to hearing loss and to make decisions for their families and children. Early intervention professionals may also need additional resources to help them assist families.
Early intervention is a broad area and can be challenging to navigate. In fact, in a letter [PDF] sent in July 2006 to all state early intervention coordinators, officials in the federal government noted that “many young children with hearing loss may not be receiving the early intervention or other services they need in a timely manner that will enable them to enter preschool and school ready to succeed.”
The information included in this section is designed to provide both basic information and resources to assist in finding additional information so that parents and other concerned individuals can advocate for improved early intervention services for infants and young children with hearing loss. Additional resources for achieving this goal include your State Department of Health and/or the agency in your state responsible for early intervention services. Many states have also developed parent resource manuals and have staff available to assist parents.
As with any new area of learning, understanding all the vocabulary associated with early intervention can often be a challenge. An explanation of the terms associated with hearing, communication, and early intervention, is available on the Texas Connect [PDF] website at UT Dallas/Callier Center for Communication Disorders. (*Español: Términos & Definiciones) [PDF]
Basic information on hearing loss including how the ear works, types of hearing loss, audiograms, and simulations of varying levels of hearing loss is available through Boys Town National Research Hospital website, My Baby’s Hearing: All About Hearing Loss (*Español: Todo Sobre La Perdida Auditiva)
Early Intervention Resource Pages
- Understanding the IDEA Part C Regulations: the Role of EHDI [PDF]
- Early Intervention System Information
- Early Intervention Guidelines and Requirements
- Importance of Early Communication and Communication Options
- Hearing, Amplification, and Cochlear Implants
- Assessment Tools for Communication/Language and Auditory Development
- Early Intervention Curriculum and Training Materials
- Additional Early Intervention Materials, Web Sites, and Presentations
- State EI Eligibility Criteria [PDF]
Other Early Intervention Resources and Websites
- The Center for Childhood Deafness at Boys Town National Research Hospital
- This internationally recognized center of excellence for applied research provides clinical services as well as distance training opportunities in early intervention strategies and rehabilitative services for children with hearing loss, visual impairment and related communication disorders and their families.