Baby & Preschool
Parents of children with hearing loss – ages birth through five – residing anywhere in the world can take part in John Tracy Clinic’s (JTC’s) educational programs as either a virtual online or mail-based experience. Our Course provides an opportunity for parents to independently guide their children’s communication development according to their family’s pace and specific concerns.
Materials cover exploring listening, building language, developing speech, fostering literacy and enjoying learning. Information is available day or night in English and Spanish. Suggestions are provided for how families can encourage interactions throughout their children’s typical day. Enrolled parents also have access to experienced educators who can answer specific questions.
OUR BABY & PRESCHOOL COURSE
JTC currently offers the following resources in English or Spanish, tailored to the stages of early childhood learning and language development. Materials 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 summary offers initial information, provides considerations for decision making and gives suggestions on support. It has separate sections about hearing loss, communication and services. 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 years of age), these modules discuss early hearing loss, developmental stages, parent-child communication and learning through play. Suggestions are given for emphasizing communication through natural routines. Parents can explore ideas for “putting into action” language and listening experiences through many playful interactions with their children.
Developed with preschoolers in mind (i.e., ages two to five), this packet provides parents with tools to foster language growth and facilitate family interactions. Chapters discuss communication, thinking, literacy social development, imagination, school readiness and more! Parents can learn multiple strategies to encourage language, listening and speech in positive and purposeful ways throughout each day.
Access to Live Resources!
Parents using our Worldwide Parent Education have access to Parent Advice Learning Support (PALS), a team of parent educators and specialists in deafness who provide personalized guidance and individualized answers to family questions about hearing loss.
JTC’s courses are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children who are age birth through five. For youngster with hearing loss older than five years, families can check JTC’s Ideas & Advice section for topics that might be adapted for school age children.