PaTTAN announces new training program: "Bringing Life to Books to Facilitate Early Language and Literacy Development". This training program will focus on the development and use of experience books to facilitate early language and literacy development of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Evidence based literacy practices and recent research pointing to the benefits of early print exposure and critical periods effects will be examined. This training will include video examples and participants will have the opportunity for creative construction of experience books. Dates are March 27 at PaTTAN East, March 28 at PaTTAN Harrisburg and March 30 at PaTTAN Pittsburgh. For more information and to register: http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/event/event.html?id=1099e3c6-2f90-4ed0-877b-c055dcb6b2c5
Vision plays an important role in language and literacy skills especially for deaf and hard of hearing children because of reduced access to the auditory environment. Visual attention strategies are essential for getting and maintaining joint communication, social interactions and for making connections to meanings and printed words. Sharing visual strategies used by deaf parents with DHH children may help reduce delays in early language and early literacy.
A team of researchers have developed and successfully implanted an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) in 4 children who could not previously hear because they did not have an auditory nerve. The ABI is considered revolutionary because it stimulates neurons at the brainstem directly and completely bypasses the inner ear.
Hearing screening test for all
babies no later than 1 month of age
Diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age if baby did not pass hearing screening test
Early intervention no later than 6 months of age if baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss