Our Parent Infant Program Teaches Parents How to Help Their Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
A typical parent infant home session would include:
- 30-45 minutes therapy with the child
- 15 minutes of information sharing
- 10-15 minutes of parent coaching
Therapy: Activities include:
- Listening/equipment check
- Auditory skill development
- Listen and Learn Box of toys
- Vocabulary development with objects
- Demonstration of activity for parent
Coaching: A pre-planned activity that parent does in his/her home:
- Using toys and objects from home
- Use activities from My Baby and Me
Parents are encouraged and reinforced for what they are doing correctly
- Parents are guided and coached to model, label, and expand utterances and to pick appropriate activities.
- During a home session we show parents how to engage their children in meaningful activities. We explain what we are doing, why we are doing it, and the response we are trying to obtain from the child.
- Activities are done in the same order each session so that both the child and the parent can participate and predict what will come.
- Children soon know that they are “learners.”
- We start with nouns and verbs that can be demonstrated and that are used naturally and meaningfully.
- We repeat noun labels over and over and over (Where is the ball? See the ball? Get the ball. Roll the ball.)
A Typical Parent Infant Session