Hearing First at the 2018 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Annual Meeting

We enjoyed learning with you at the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Annual Meeting. We're excited that you have an interest in Hearing First, and believe that together we can power potential for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We've highlighted some popular tools and resources for you to download and use with your child with hearing loss, or to share with the families you partner with.
Learning to Listen (LTL) Sounds are founded on early developmental milestones for understanding language, expressive development and speech sound development. See the LTL Sounds to include in daily routines to grow a baby’s brain for early language development.
Hearing First has launched an array of interactive online learning experiences where members of the Hearing First Communities can engage to advance their knowledge, increase their understanding and connect with fellow learners along the way.

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Watch Hearing First CEO Dr. Teresa Caraway and author, journalist and LSL mom, Lydia Denworth, as they discuss Lydia’s hearing loss story with her son Alex, and the science behind how the brain uses sound for early speech and language development.

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Whether you're a professional serving children on the LSL journey, or a family member of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, our communities are here to equip you with helpful resources, learning experiences and support so that all children have the opportunities to reach their full potential.


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One of the best ways for families to accomplish their child’s spoken language and literacy goals is through daily reading. As simple as it sounds, coaching parents to wear technology all waking hours and to read to their child every day is one of the ways to set families up for success with reading and learning.

With that in mind, we want to support you in your work with families! Hearing First’s Growing Listening, Language and Literacy Skills: Tips for LSL Interventionists eBook gives practical advice and tips to strengthen your professional practice. Our hope behind this eBook is that the information will be a new tool to support you as you encourage and engage families, giving you some of the talking points you need to help them grow listening, language and literacy skills for their child with hearing loss.
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The purpose of the Start with the Brain and Connect the Dots white paper is to identify the logic and research underlying what we know about how today’s children with hearing loss develop literacy through listening and spoken language. Organized as a logic chain, the document contains samples of supporting research that helps readers connect the dots between basic brain biology and the development of literacy during elementary school. The logic chain summarizes what we know at this point about the ingredients necessary to create a reading brain and represents a system of foundational structures that must ALL be in place to optimize the attainment of a listening, spoken language and literacy outcome for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
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Hearing First exists to support the families and professionals on the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) journey through Awareness, Education, and Community, so that children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk.