Parent - Infant Program

parent infantParent-Infant Program brochure (996kb pdf)

Resource Manual (3.1Mb pdf)  Excellent resource developed to provide information for families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, age birth to five years old, and their families.

Toy Guide  (857kb pdf)   Excellent resource listing suggested age appropriate toys and the benefits they provide to your child.

Language Experience Book (717kb pdf) Adapted from Topic 20 of SKI*HI's Communication Interactions

The NDSD Parent/Infant Program is a family focused program for young deaf and hard of hearing children, ages birth to THREE/FIVE years, and their families. The family centered program is one that is individualized to meet the needs of the family and the learning style of the child.  Through natural and targeted daily activities, families are encouraged to develop the following:

  • Listening skills
  • Auditory development
  • Communication skills
  • Language development
  • Speech development

Other topics of discussion/instruction include:

  • Amplification (use and care)
  • Educational options
  • Communication opportunities and options
  • Strategies to illicit language (spoken and/or signed)

The Parent-Infant Program offers opportunities to families that include:

  • Community and state-wide workshops
  • Parent to parent support through activities regionally (Family Learning Vacations)
  • Contact with other deaf/hard-of-hearing children and adults
  • Deaf Awareness activities

Referrals, management and provision of services to families of deaf and hard of hearing infants and children are coordinated with other agencies through cooperative agreements. Some of the agencies included in the collaborative process are:

  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
  • Developmenal Disabilities Case Management (DD)
  • Infant Development programs
  • Private therapy providers
  • Audiologists
  • Hands and Voices
  • Family Voices
  • Dual Sensory
  • School programs/Part B
  • Daycares

Prior to a child's third birthday, the PIP program is also able to participate in transition planning focusing on educational placement and needs of the student as it relates to the impact of the hearing loss. Our staff may be called upon to do a variety of assessments that will help the team determine eligibility and services once the child transitions to school programming. 

Contact Information:


Carol Lybeck, Coordinator              Denise Marback                                 
701-665-4411                                     701-665-4420                                                 
1401 College Drive N.                       1401 College Drive N.                        
Devils Lake, ND 58301                    Devils Lake, ND 58301                    
Linda Ehlers                                          Ashley Martin 
701-239-7374                                     701-239-7375             
1321 S. 23rd St.                                     1321 S. 23rd St.                        
Fargo, ND 58103                                 Fargo, ND 58103
Nicole Swartwout
Memorial Hall
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707      
Lana Zimbelman
701-328-3987 (Bsk) / 701-442-5052 (Underwood)     /  PO Box 100
418 East Broadway, Ste. 228      123 Summit St.
Bismarck, ND 58501                    Underwood, ND 58576