Outreach Services Birth – 3 Early Intervention
Our birth-5 specialists offer a range of early intervention and early childhood services including family home visits (in-person and virtual), developmental evaluations, supporting IFSP development, training & technical assistance, and preparing for transition to preschool services. All of our birth-5 specialists have expertise in working with infants and toddlers who are deaf and hard of hearing, families, and early childhood professionals. The following is a more in depth description of the birth-3 consultation and evaluation services we provide.
Consultation, Evaluation, & Assessments
Our Early Childhood Teachers of the Deaf (EC TOD) have training and expertise in working with infants, toddlers, and their families, and help support early language development and family communication. They can provide services in the home or through virtual apps. The EC TOD will monitor a child’s communication, language, and social-emotional development, by teaming and consulting with the family’s IFSP or early intervention (EI) team. They are also a resource for local, state, and national resources specific to the field of Deaf/HH Early Childhood Education.
Our Family Engagement Specialists (FES) are Deaf adults fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and have the skills to work with young deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children and their families. The FES works with the Early Childhood DHH Specialists to coordinate services and target language goals of the child and family. They use a curriculum to teach ASL and will provide strategies for visual communication during daily routines & activities, along with sharing information about Deaf culture and general experiences from a Deaf perspective.
Our speech-language pathologists (SLP) conduct assessments on students’ speech, language, and communication skills. Our SLPs provide evaluations for language and articulation and make recommendations for appropriate accommodations to support classroom learning. In addition, strategies for supporting student language development, communication goals, and therapy activities are recommended based on the results of the assessments and evaluations conducted.