Our child has a hearing loss. Where do we begin?
At St. Joseph Institute (SJI), we know the difficult questions you face after the diagnosis of your infant’s or young child’s hearing loss. We also know that early identification and intervention are vitally important in giving your child a lifetime of hearing and a voice for the future. Making choices about hearing aids, cochlear implants and education can be overwhelming. St. Joseph Institute staff can help provide information and support.
SJI’s early intervention programs provide a continuum of care working with infants and young children as well as their families. Our supportive staff helps you navigate through your questions and challenges and guides you in your role as your child’s first and most important teacher of language.
Individual sessions with deaf education therapists, who specialize in early intervention, help you understand the emotional and educational effects of your child’s hearing loss and teach you strategies to help your child develop spoken language without sign language through the auditory-oral method. This method improves literacy levels and offers children the best opportunity for a bright and independent future.
Focused on the specific needs of your child and family, individual sessions are available in your home, other appropriate setting or over the Internet. We help you navigate the waters of advocating for your child and learning about their hearing aids or implants. The comprehensive program also includes family support services, peer play groups and cochlear implant rehabilitation.
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For more information on how SJI can work with you to understand your child’s hearing loss and to construct the building blocks of communication choose the link to the program nearest you!