Your support helped Listen and Talk serve 143 families in Early Intervention this past school year, a 25% increase from the number of families served prior to initiating the Virtual Home Visit model of service delivery!
By reaching more families than ever before you are helping us steer the course for children to have the opportunity to move into mainstream schools and compete and succeed side by side their mates with normal hearing. The implications are significant for families seeking to provide their child with limitless possibilities. It is also significant for the wider community. The development of age appropriate language skills in children with hearing loss saves tax dollars and improves the academic and employment opportunities for these individuals. Reaching more families through Virtual Home Visits multiplies the impact of early intervention and decreases the costs of special education for these children, benefitting our entire community.
We recognize the importance of evaluating outcomes for these children and families. To this end, Listen and Talk has been participating in and recently completed the data collection for a national multi-center study to evaluate the cost and effectiveness of Virtual Home Visits compared with in-home visits. The results from this study will provide important insights for continued improvement in the quality and efficiency with which we provide service. We look forward to sharing those findings in a report to the Global Giving Community and others later this year.
Your support is helping us reach more families than ever before resulting in children having greater potential than ever to not be limited by hearing loss. Thank you for your generous support.
Dear GlobalGiving Community,
Your support of our Virtual Home Visiting (VHV) project is helping Listen and Talk reach more families than ever before! You should be proud to know that YOUR generous donations are directly impacting how many children get served.
In addition to all of the VHV benefits we outlined in earlier reports, we want to share some recent and exciting advancements:
Your support is helping us to more fully implement our VHV model. Thanks again for making a difference.
Listen and Talk
Dear GlobalGiving Community, During a period of rapid expansion, your support helped Listen and Talk launch an efficient new model of virtual service delivery. Virtual visits are expanding the number of families we can serve. Since we began fundraising for VHV equipment via GlobalGiving last December, we have made significant progress in establishing the foundation upon which to provide and grow this service delivery model. We have observed a number of significant advantages when providing services through VHV: 1. Greater efficiency - Providers can schedule families without having to factor in traffic and distance. 2. Greater opportunity to include extended family - VHV scheduling is more flexible as the provider does not need to factor in time for travel. Thus, appointments can be completed at hours outside the typical work day, facilitating more opportunities for other members of the family to participate. 3. Improved participation of parent - During our early work with VHV, providers observed that parents often become more engaged with their child in the sessions done through VHV than when services are provided in-person. Instead of relying on the provider to interact with the child, the parent has more opportunity to practice their own skill development. 4. Improved coaching skills of providers - We have observed that providers tend to apply more creative and focused ways of coaching families about how to integrate listening and spoken language into their child's life compared to when they provide services in-person. VHV removes the opportunity to directly work with the child and instead encourages the provider to discover ways to convey the critical information to the parent so they can strengthen their skills and abilities to be their child's first and best teacher. 5. Facilitates use of interpreters for English Language Learner families - Two employees at Listen and Talk serve as interpreters for Spanish speaking families. Our interpreters utilize VHV equipment from their office to connect with families in their home. This serves as an efficient and unobtrusive way to provide effective interpretation. We anticipate that utilization of this model will continue to be a growing aspect of our Early Intervention work. Because of YOU, Listen and Talk is able to help more children with hearing loss communicate and learn through listening and spoken language. 10% of our families are already receiving some services via VHV. The more equipment we are able to secure through the generosity of our donors, the more children we can help on the path to reaching their full potential. With gratitude,
Dear GlobalGiving Community,
Thank you for continuing to support innovative service delivery options for children with hearing loss!
Listen and Talk is currently serving 92 families in early intervention! With the support of generous donors, Listen and Talk interventionists are able to reach this record number of families. Approximately 20% of families are now served through Virtual Home Visits. Interventionists and families are already seeing the benefit of Virtual Home Visits. Some practical benefits have included:
With Virtual Home Visits, Listen and Talk can help a greater number of children with hearing loss communicate and learn through listening and spoken language. The more equipment we are able to secure through the generosity of our donors, the more children we can help on the path to reaching their full potential.
Thank you for your support.
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