ERIC Number: ED436052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Connecticut Birth to Three System. Service Guideline 5: Young Children Who Are Hard of Hearing or Deaf: Intervention Guidance for Service Providers and Families.
Connecticut Birth to Three System, Hartford.
This guide was developed to assist families and service providers in Connecticut with the development of Individualized Family Service Plans for infants and young children with hearing impairments under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It provides general information about hearing loss and deafness, intervention philosophies and approaches, and available services and resources in Connecticut. Following an explanation of the referral process for the state's Birth to Three system, the guide is organized around eight principles of intervention: (1) early identification and diagnosis is essential; (2) ongoing audiology assessment and management must be conducted by staff trained to work with infants and young children; (3) the intervention team should assist the family in learning about the nature of their child's hearing loss; (4) intervention requires a team approach that includes the family; (5) parents and children are partners in communication; (6) language development begins as soon as the child is born and develops through daily interactions with the family; (7) parents need to understand and manage any hearing aids and/or auditory equipment; and (8) parents are advocates for their children. Among 10 appendices are lists of hospital locations for audiological evaluations, types of hearing tests, degrees of hearing loss, and program descriptions. (DB)
Descriptors: Audiology, Deafness, Disability Identification, Early Identification, Early Intervention, Educational Legislation, Educational Principles, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Individualized Family Service Plans, Infants, Partial Hearing, Referral, Toddlers
Connecticut Birth to Three System, 460 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Tel: 860-418-6147. For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Mental Retardation, Hartford.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Birth to Three System, Hartford.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C