Overview

Parents of Babies and Preschoolers with Hearing Loss Can Use JTC’s Information Worldwide!

At John Tracy Clinic, we can provide education and resources to people located virtually anywhere in the world. In fact, we offer a variety of parent distance educational opportunities online or via mail in both English and Spanish.

Our Worldwide Parent Education programs provide flexibility! Parents of children ages birth through five with hearing loss can independently pursue language learning with their children according to their own pace and specific interests from anywhere around the globe.

Materials cover exploring listening, building language, developing speech and enjoying learning. Parents worldwide can enroll with JTC to access experienced educators and receive individualized suggestions as part of their course learning.

JTC Offers Live Online Resources

JTC’s Worldwide Parent Education materials are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children who are age birth through five. A family of a child with hearing loss older than six years, and professionals needing parent materials for families they serve can check JTC’s Ideas & Advice quick handouts for suggestions helpful for ages birth to eight and may be adapted for children who are elementary school age.

SPECIFIC WORLDWIDE PARENT EDUCATION

JTC currently offers five parent distance education opportunities worldwide tailored to the stages of development of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Materials and suggestions emphasize listening and spoken language, but can be adapted for any communication approach including sign language.

Designed for use by families in the first few years after identification of their child’s hearing loss, this manual summarizes initial information, provides considerations for decision making and gives suggestions on support. It has separate sections about hearing loss, communication and parent roles. Extended learning ideas help parents recognize what they know, consider how they feel and identify steps they wish to take.

Geared toward infants and toddlers (i.e., birth to two), these booklets discuss early hearing loss, infant-toddler development, parent-child communication and learning through play. Suggestions are given for emphasizing communication through natural routines. Parents can choose specific ideas to encourage beginning language and auditory learning.

Developed with preschoolers in mind (i.e., ages two to five), this packet guides parents to encourage a child’s skills in listening, language, thinking, speech, pre-literacy, socialization, behaviors/emotions, imagination and school readiness. Parents discover the reasons for building learning into routines and how to support their child’s ongoing progress.

For groups of parents located anywhere in the world! Parents who have young children with hearing loss can form groups for connecting to John Tracy Clinic’s educational live online video classes called JTC TALKS: PARENTS. The only equipment required is Internet access, a computer with a webcam, mic, speakers, and a monitor or projection screen. The video classes are a part of JTC’s extensive Worldwide Parent Education program. For more information visit our JTC TALKS webpage, or email pals@jtc.org.

Continuing to expand our interactive coaching, JTC offers tele-practice sessions on a limited basis. The tele-practice sessions guide parents to enhance speech therapy or preschool services for their young child with hearing loss. Families from around the world can connect with JTC’s auditory verbal therapists and spoken language specialists. Interactive, individual sessions via the Internet are available in English or Spanish. Sessions are individually designed and arranged to meet parent needs. Interested families can email JTC at pals@jtc.org.