Parents need and want information – we can debate about "how much information is too much too soon" and fret over whether they are understanding the information that they are given, but ultimately they have the right to the information and the responsibility to make decisions for their child. I think it is important to keep this in mind as we explore models for successful EHDI programs and evaluate information to be shared with parents and professionals.
Mom Enough co-hosts Marty and Erin Erickson explore the importance of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention. In the early months and years of life a child is learning by leaps and bounds. And much of that learning happens through language and communication. So how early – and by what means – can you tell if a child is deaf or hard of hearing? And what are the options for early intervention to help the child and family build on ways of communicating and learning? (Source: MomEnough)
Materials marked with * are available to order free-of-charge on the Minnesota Newborn Screening Program website.
Before or during screening
Minnesota Department of Health website: Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN)
Learning the Cause of Your Baby's Hearing Loss (English)
What You Need to Know: Resources for Families - a parent resource organizer
Minnesota Parent Roadmap (English) (Spanish) (Hmong) (Somali)
Insurance Coverage for Pediatric Amplification - 2014 Minnesota Statute 62Q.675
Hearing Aid Law - 18 Years or Younger
Minnesota Hands & Voices: Resource Directory
Deaf Mentor Family Program at Lifetrack
Sign It! American Sign Language (ASL) classes online: free to families of children who are DHH (under the age of 3)
Hear To Learn: An interactive resource in English and Spanish, for parents and professionals to support spoken language development
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.