Parent - Infant Program
The NDSD Parent/Infant Program is a home-based program for young deaf and hard of hearing children, ages birth to three years, and their families. The program is family centered and is individualized to the family's needs and the child's learning style through an Individual Family Service Plan. Information is shared with the family on how to encourage listening skills, communication, language, and speech development through natural daily activities.
Other topics of discussion/instruction include hearing aids/care of the hearing aids, and education options, etc.
Parents are also invited to attend community and state-wide workshops, and Family Learning Vacations.
Referral, management, and provision of services to families of deaf and hard of hearing infants is coordinated with other agencies through cooperative agreements and as specified in the Individual Family Service Plan.
Prior to the child turning three (3) years of age, an Individual Education Plan meeting is held to focus upon educational placement and transition. This meeting is convened by the NDSD Parent/Infant Program staff when case management is the responsibility of the Parent/Infant Program.