Early childhood is well-documented as a critical period of learning. Infants and toddlers learn quickly when given appropriate care and support. Babies born with hearing loss need additional support as they acquire language and develop literacy skills. Families and professionals may use the resources below as they navigate early childhood.

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General Resources

Info to Go

The Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc Center’s “Info to Go” section provides families and professionals with practical resources and information about topics related to Deafness, including early intervention, language acquisition, and communication.

Importance of Early Communication and Communication Options

The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) provides information and links to resources that explain the importance of early communication and the various communication options for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

COVID-19 Resources

A Practical Guide to the Use of Tele-Intervention in Providing Early Intervention Services to Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

NCHAM provides practical information for programs and individuals interested in using tele-intervention to provide family-centered early intervention to families of children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

The ECTA Center provides training and resources for distance learning options; funded by the United States Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Early On Training and Technical Assistance (EOT&TA)

EOT&TA provides preschool and special education COVID-19 resources.