Professional Development

Websites

Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side (GBYS™ of PA is a new parent support program that links families of infants and toddlers newly identified with deafness and hearing loss throughout Pennsylvania with trained and experienced Parent Guides. GBYS of PA Site (external link)
The Newborn Hearing Screening at the PA Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health and the American Academy of Pediatricians provides information for families, physicians, audiologists and birth facilities. PA Early Hearing Site (external link) 
Babyhearing.org was created to answer parents’ questions about infant hearing screening and follow up testing; steps to take after diagnosis of hearing loss; hearing loss & hearing aids, language & speech; and parenting issues.

My Baby’s Hearing (external link) is brought to you by a team of professionals at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

While there, be sure to check out the First Steps section which provides information on testing, what the results mean and follow up. If your baby has been diagnosed with a hearing loss, go to the Next Steps section. Here, you will learn about early intervention and to read about other parents’ experiences. Once you are in the Next Steps section, you will see three major areas: Hearing and Amplification, Language and Learning, and Parent to Parent. 

Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop communication, language, and social skills. The earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential. This website will give you information about programs and services to help you and your child. Hearing Loss in Children (external link)

While there be sure to check out: A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss: Information about programs and services to help you and your child; Hearing Screening: What’s Your Baby’s Hearing Screening Result; and Amy’s Story: Mother of twins who both have hearing loss.

Documents

This guide was designed by parents for use by parents of newly diagnosed children to assist them in understanding the impact of hearing loss on babies and families. Getting Started (external link)
A new companion checklist for parents to keep to give them guidance about resources to be used in conjunction with the “Getting Started” family guide. Early Intervention Checklist for Families of  Children with Hearing Loss or Deafness (external link) 
A revised checklist for early intervention professionals to be used in conjunction with the “Getting Started” publication that gives guidance on best practices. Early Intervention Checklist for Professionals who Support Children with deafness or Hearing Loss (external link) 
While use of the Early Intervention Communication Plan form is optional, the content is required as part of the IFSP/IEP for young children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.  The Early Intervention Communication Plan form may be used to meet this requirement, or the content can be embedded in the IFSP/IEP.  To assist with transition, the Early Intervention Communication plan has been revised to align with the school-age Communication Plan. The annotations give guidance on the use of the Early Intervention Communication Plan in completing the IFSP/IEP. PA Early Intervention Communication Plan (external link)
The purpose of this release of information is to obtain permission to share information with the PA Department of Health Newborn Screening Program and the Guide By Your Side parent support program. Release of Information (external link)

Resources 

The purpose of this announcement is to provide guidance to early intervention programs serving infants, toddlers and preschool age children with hearing loss and their families.  Effective Date August 1, 2013. Announcement (external link)
This document details the “red flags” EI personnel should keep in mind as the high risk indicators associated with permanent congenital, delayed-onset, progressive hearing loss or unilateral hearing loss. These “red flags” suggest the need for hearing screening or subsequent in-depth testing to rule out the presence of a hearing loss. There is an original and annotated version. Annotated Risk Indicators (external link)
“This is a link to an online bulletin board of resources for families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who have hearing concerns and the professionals who work with them.  You can suggest additions to the bulletin board by double clicking on a blank spot on the page and creating a resource suggestion which will be reviewed and approved for addition.”  Take me to the Bulletin Board(external link)

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