Families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing face many unique challenges: receiving a diagnosis, accepting hearing loss, and making decisions around amplification, communication, language, and educational services.

Because of their experience with and knowledge of their child, parents are a valuable member of the educational team.

This area of the expanded core curriculum includes:

  • Understanding Hearing Loss
  • Amplification
  • Family and Child Interactions
  • Communication Strategies
  • Education/Transition
  • Resources and Technology

(Source: The Expanded Core Curriculum For Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)

Resources

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)

NCHAM is a resource center for all state-based Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs in the United States. NCHAM offers resources for all six areas of family education.

BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

BEGINNINGS is a nonprofit agency offering unbiased information about spoken English, American Sign Language, and all communication options for parents and families.

Family Support

MDE-LIO's Family Support page provides an overview of DHH supports and resources for families.