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
Parent Organizer features the Parent Roadmapand offers more in depth information about hearing loss. Any child living in Minnesota that is newly identified with a hearing loss will receive a printed copy of this organizer.
Minnesota Hands & Voices: Resource Directory
Deaf Mentor Family Program at Lifetrack
Glossary of Terms to talk about hearing, causes of hearing loss and hearing aid devices.
SignIt ASL curriculum: free to families of children who are DHH (under the age of 3)
Nationally-recognized distance education program, designed for practicing speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, audiologists, and early interventionists.
Five graduate-level courses developed and taught by internationally-known experts
Cutting-edge academic training -- from counseling to speech acoustics, audiology to sensory technology, speech-language development and intervention to emergent literacy
Not currently accepting applications
For questions about FIRST YEARS, contact:
"Parents, caregivers, professionals, and members of the Deaf community recognize the need for a greater number of qualified professionals and improved service provision."
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.