Build family to family relationships
Standardize referral mechanisms
Include communication outcomes in every IFSP
Confirm the hearing status of every child with a related condition
Identify every failed appointment as an opportunity to act and learn
Help Me Grow has many resources for parents, caregivers, and professionals about the development of young children. This includes information on developmental milestones, videos, caregiver strategies to support development, information about how to get help if there are questions or concerns about a child’s development, and evaluations for Early Intervention Services.
Children who are deaf or hard of hearing may be eligible to receive free Early Intervention services through their local public school district.
An Early Intervention service coordinator will work with families of eligible children to make a plan for supporting each child’s growth and development.
Call 866.693.GROW (4769) to refer a child directly to Help Me Grow.
The Department of Education legislative report, Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Minnesota (fiscal year 2015), is a summary of some of the efforts, data, and results of work from education-based agencies, departments, and individuals who serve deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students in Minnesota.
Early childhood specialists work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need:
Special instruction and other services including speech, physical, and occupational therapy
Resources and activities to help children learn and grow
Connections to community supports and services
Early childhood specialists can help find community resources and early childhood programs for children who are not eligible for Early Intervention services.
Goal: All infants with hearing loss will receive appropriate early intervention services before 6 months of age (medical, audiologic, and Early Intervention).
Indicator 3.6: Percent of infants/children ages 0-3 with a reported confirmed permanent hearing loss (congenital or late onset) who were reported to be enrolled in Part C Early Intervention services
2011 - 70.3%
2012 - 62.0%
2013 - 67.6%
2014 - 75.2%
2015 - 67.8%
Create and maintain a care map outlining expected care through the first year of life.
Timely referrals to appropriate providers are critical for reducing loss to follow-up.