Listening Ears : Parent Infant Program (0-18 Months)
Early Intervention plays a vital role.
Early diagnosis of hearing loss is the key to successful early intervention. Babies who are detected early can access further testing quickly and parents can access support and information. Children whose hearing loss is identified early and who begin early intervention strategies before six months of age, have the best chance of developing age appropriate speech and language.
As Babies begin to learn things right from the time they are in the womb of their mother. It is advised not to waste critical time. Critical Period for developing the ability for spoken language is from 0-3 years. At that stage, the brain has the maximum neural Plasticity. The child too must learn early to grow up with the hearing aids/cochlear implant (CI) and accept them easily. Most importantly, children learn to make use of their residual hearing and acquire speech and language faster if they start earlier. Starting at an older age, not only slows down the ability to learn and speak, it can severely jeopardise.
The programme is especially for Babies/ Infants who have just been diagnosed with hearing impairment. It provides them early training to identify and understand the sounds around them.
Baby Developmental Milestones
The following milestones can be used as a guide to monitor child’s development as he/she grows:
Birth –Eighteen Months Old
- Localizes sound source with accuracy
- Discriminate angry & Friendly vocal tones
- Appears to enjoy listening new words
- Understands more simple instruction
- Enjoys sounds making toys & objects.
- Awakes easily to loud, sudden noises
Our early intervention program is a multi-disciplinary approach with emphasis on assisting the child to reach their full potential. The services are individualized to each child’s need and integrate many disciplines such as Audiologist, Speech Pathologists, Special Educator, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Early childhood Specialist & Music therapist.
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