Families, in partnership with supportive professionals, are the key to a child’s success.  Hearing First, a community for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and LSL professionals, provides resources and other tools to power the potential of children with hearing loss.  Below are some of Hearing First’s most popular resources for you to download and use on your child’s journey to success.
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 your baby’s brain for early language development.

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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.  We invite families and professionals to participate in these free learning experiences to increase their skills to power their child’s potential.

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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 are a family member of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing or an LSL professional, you may be looking to connect with other adults who share your experience.  Our online communities are here to help families connect with other families on the LSL journey and professionals to connect with other professionals.  Join today and receive helpful resources, access to learning experiences and support from trusted community members so that your child can 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, wearing hearing technology all waking hours and reading to your child every day are the best ways to set your child up for success with reading and learning.

With that in mind, we want to support you in your journey, and this resource, which was created for professionals, is also great for families.  Hearing First’s Growing Listening, Language and Literacy Skills: Tips for LSL Interventionists eBook gives practical advice and tips for helping your child reach grade-level reading by third grade. We hope this eBook will be a new tool to support you as you grow listening, language and literacy skills for your child with hearing loss.
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This white paper identifies 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, Start with the Brain and Connect the Dots contains samples of supporting research that help readers connect the dots between basic brain biology and the development of literacy during elementary school. The logic chain summarizes today’s science 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 listening, spoken language and literacy outcomes for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. Families, professionals and policymakers will all find this white paper useful in their work supporting children with hearing loss to reach their full potential.
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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.
Learn more about how to help your child talk, learn and read with these free resources.