Communication Opportunities

One of the first challenges parents face when they learn that their child is deaf or hard of hearing is: how is our family going to communicate effectively? This can seem overwhelming, with valuable advice coming from a number of professionals. Ultimately, the family must choose what makes the most sense for the child. No two children are alike; therefore, their communication choices will vary, too.

A child's needs may change over time. Changing or modifying communication choices is not uncommon for families. Adapting the use of two methods is not unheard of. Responding to your child, staying informed of new research, being open minded and flexible, and talking to other parents and adult role models are all advised.

Hands & Voices provides a comprehensive resource regarding communication opportunities. The Hands & Voices Communications Consideration A-Z™ includes information, issues, questions for parents to ask, and additional resources.


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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) refers to the practice of screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. Infants not passing the screening receive diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when necessary, are enrolled in early intervention programs by six months of age. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) laws or voluntary compliance programs that screen hearing.

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