When an infant is suspected of having hearing loss, parents go through a range of emotions, and can often feel overwhelmed with questions and concerns about how to best meet their child’s needs. Since a baby’s learning begins at birth, the sooner caregivers can get the support they need, the better the outcome for a deaf or hard of hearing child’s early development.
The Vermont Parent Infant Program (VTPIP) was created to provide early intervention services for Vermont children who are deaf or hard of hearing. With a friendly and family-focused approach, we provide home visit services that give parents the opportunity to gather information related to their child’s hearing loss and to develop skills that will enable them to promote early language and communication skills.
At the same time, in order to provide the most supportive and consistent environment possible, we consult with and provide assistance to service providers and others involved in the lives of these children and their families.
Each year, VTPIP serves between 20 and 25 children and families. Our staff can provide comprehensive information about hearing loss, addressing such issues as:
- Newborn hearing screening and its impact on families
- Language & communication development
- Communication methods and language choice
- Auditory skill development
- Educational options
- Audiological testing, amplification and technology
- Deaf Culture
- Emotional support & parent networking
Our services are provided by a teacher of the Deaf, an Educational Audiologist and/or a Speech, Language Pathologist, each of which has specialized training and expertise in providing home-based services to families of infants and toddlers.
View the December 9, 2012 TedTalks with Karl White. White discusses the importance of early identification and intervention for children with hearing loss.
VTPIP also works in collaboration with Vermont’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program and is actively involved in promoting Vermont's chapter of Hands and Voices, a nationally recognized organization offering support to parents of children with hearing loss.
To contact VTPIP, please call 802-254-3929