It is possible for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing to develop listening and spoken language. Listen and Talk's early intervention providers coach parents in their home to help their child learn to listen and, in turn, learn to talk. Many families who could benefit from our services live in distant/difficult to reach places. Through telepractice, we can help more children develop listening, thinking & conversational skills, & prepare them for early inclusion in their neighborhood schools.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Each year in Washington State approx. 233 babies are born with hearing loss. Children who are diagnosed prior to 6 months and fitted with either hearing aids or cochlear implants, along with speech, language, and aural rehabilitation, develop close to, or at the same rate, as their peers. The key is early diagnosis, early intervention, and early brain development. Currently, our early intervention staff drive up to 3k miles/month to reach families. Virtual visits can help us reach more people.
How will this project solve this problem?
Providing services through virtual visits will enable our auditory-verbal experts to reach many more families than is now possible. Instead of spending time driving to homes, our providers can apply their expertise to more families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing and have chosen to raise their children with listening and spoken language. These families, in turn, will support their child with hearing loss so they so they become independent members of their communities.
Potential Long Term Impact
With the technology and early intervention available today, a child with hearing loss CAN have the same opportunity as a child with a typical hearing to develop audition, speech, language, cognition, conversational competence, literacy skills, and academic skills. The more families we are able to serve, the greater potential the children will have to enter their mainstream schools and lead independent lives.
Total Funding Received to Date: $12,395
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,605
Total Funding Goal: $15,000