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According to ASHA newborn hearing screening, early diagnosis and intervention, have helped us make advances. There are now improvments in communication and academic outcomes for children.

Early Intervention services can help provide your family with the information and support you need to maximize your child’s overall development. Professionals can help you learn about your child’s hearing loss. They also help you learn about your child’s strengths, needs and ways to help your child develop. "You are your child’s teacher. You are the 'expert' on your child. The choices you make will be yours and they will be made with confidence because they will be informed decisions" (4).

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Get your child tested now!

What is an audiological evaluation? Why is it important?Watch this video from Wyoming Parents and Professionals.

Its differnece between children entering school with severe language delays versus children with age appropriate language and concept development.

Stages of Auditory DevelopmentStage 1: Maturation of Sound Coding The ability of the auditory system to encode sound precisely becomes mature.This stage lasts from full-term birth to about 6 months of age, and involves maturation of the middle ear and of the brainstem auditory pathways. Stage 2: Maturation of Selective Listening and Discovering New Details in Sound From 6 months to approximately 5 years of age, the ability to focus on or select one feature of sound matures. Stage 3: Maturation of Perceptual Flexibility From 6 years into adolescence, the ability to use different sound features flexibly under changing listening conditions matures. Both the second and third stages involve maturation of auditory cortex and central processing.

Your child has many educational options!Early Intervention / Preschool Programs-They aim to develop early language and communication skills.Residential Schools-All the students in the school are deaf or hard of hearing. Oral Day Schools-Focus on auditory and oral skills and do not incorporate sign language.Mainstreaming-A deaf or hard of hearing student attends a public school with hearing students. Homeschool Environment

Audiological Evaluation Pure-Tone Testing Speech Testing Tests of the Middle Ear Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)

Learn More At...http://www.deafchildren.orghttp://www.hei.org/http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/newborn-hearing-screening-state-laws.aspxhttp://www.nfd.org.nz/55/Why-is-Hearing-Screening-Important

Screening protocols include: Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) and the Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR). Babies who pass: the next steps include documenting the discharge summary. Babies who do not pass (who "refer"): must be re-screened Inifants who have failed are required to be referred to the Early Intervention Program under existing Public Health Law, section 2542, and Early Intervention Program regulations.

Studies have shown that early diagnosis and intervention before the child is 6 months old can lead to age-appropriate communication outcomes by the time the child enters kindergarten.


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    Works Cited

    1. “Early Intervention Program Memorandum” (2003). Department of Health. Retrieved from .
    2. "Parent Engagement in Audiologic Habilitation" (2011). Retrieved from .
    3. "Signing Savey" (2012 ). Retrieved From.
    4. "The Importance of Early Diagnosis/Intervention" (2012). Retrieved from< https://www.ncbegin.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=193#>
    5. Werner, L. (2007). “What Do Children Hear?: Retrieved from .