March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/15/2016  |   3:00 PM - 3:30 PM   |  Topical Session 7   |  Royal Palm 3/4   |  3 - Language Acquisition and Development

Adding Research-Supported Language Goals to the IFSP

Every year, an early intervention team including family members is expected to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for every deaf or hard of hearing child between the ages of 0-3 on their caseload. More often than not, the IFSP focuses on language and communication needs. This presentation will provide multiple ready-to-use tools in assessing and measuring those needs, including visual communication, sign language and spoken English, that have been designed for the use with deaf and hard of hearing children. Information also will be provided on various services that could be utilized by the family or school, including for a DeafBlind child. Attendees, including audiologists, speech language pathologists, parents and early intervention professionals will be guided in writing language goals covering both assessment standards and a range of services.

  • List the applicable assessments and available services for communication and language acquisition for a young deaf or hard of hearing or deafblind child
  • Explain how to write language goals within the Individualized Family Service Plan

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Tawny Holmes (Primary Presenter), National Association of the Deaf, mstawnyh@aol.com ;
Tawny Holmes is the Education Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf. She graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition to her law degree, she has a Master of Arts in Family Centered Early Education. Ms. Holmes has worked three years teaching deaf and hard of hearing students. She is also a godmother of four deaf children.


Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from National Association of the Deaf.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.