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.
Approximately 3 in 1000 babies are born with hearing loss. Most of these babies can learn to listen and talk, if they have access to hearing aids/cochlear implants and providers with listening and spoken language expertise. Listen and Talk is the only provider of early intervention listening and spoken language services in Washington State. Currently, our providers drive 2000-3000 miles/month to reach families, resulting in fewer families served than could be if done through telepractice.
Providing services through telepractice 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.
With the technology and early auditory-verbal 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.
Our vision is that no child is limited by their hearing loss. - Suzanne Quigley, Executive Director
Total Funding Received to Date: $8,540
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,460
Total Funding Goal: $10,000