Lori Hlosek
August 1, 1997

ELEMENTS of an EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

During this project, we have been talking about the various elements of an Early Intervention Program. We were asked what elements would we want to incorporate into our own program. I approached this assignment with the thought of what I would like to include into my current program at East Shore Center in Kirtland, Ohio. Working three years with families of infants and toddlers who are hearing impaired or deaf, I looked at the elements that I would like to utilize in the next six months to a year with the families that we serve. I feel we have a strong early intervention, but with these "elements" we could offer our families much more.

Also, check out the results of a parent interview: early intervention programs from a parent's perspective.

The following elements are:

*I would like to reflect more at the end of a session with the families. I think we need to ask families their thoughts, feelings, and opinions of how they feel the session went. It is also important that we share our opinions with them. In doing this, we will gain trust and respect.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin,N. (1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 173) Baltimore, MD: York Press.

*I would like to develop and use more assessment tools.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 187,218,and 256) Baltimore,

MD: York Press.

*I would like to gain resources in our area related to Deaf Culture and Community and have a greater understanding of the Deaf Culture. If a family wants to become involved and interact with the Deaf Community, I will be able to give them some contacts. I would also like to have available Deaf mentorship program for families interested in the Bilingual-Bicultural Approach.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 219 and 256) Baltimore, MD:

York Press.

*I would like to start a parent lending library.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 242 and 274) Baltimore, MD:

York Press.

*I would like to attend more workshops, inservices, and conference regarding Early Intervention Services and topics that deal with deafness.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 243, 273, and 297) Baltimore,

MD: York Press.

*I would like to develop and implement a child's auditory program as soon as possible.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 258) Baltimore, MD: York Press.

*I would like to give support to my parents through personal notes such as sending Birthday cards, visit when in the hospital or send a card. Parents sometimes need this informal support during the rough periods. If we send some type of personal note, then our parents know that we are thinking of them.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 263) Baltimore, MD: York Press.

*I would like to have hearing aids and FM systems available as loaners for families. This would be wonderful if a family is waiting for insurance approval which sometimes takes four to six months before the aids arrive.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 294) Baltimore, MD: York Press.

*I would like to promote early identification. When a family believes their child is not hearing, the pediatrician should make a referral. If there is no hearing loss, wonderful, but if there is a hearing loss, then we would be able to begin services at an earlier age.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 298) Baltimore, MD: York Press.

*I would like to establish a center-based program along with our home-based program. This would enable our hearing impaired and deaf children to interact with each other and would allow parents to talk and meet with other parents.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 263, 289, and 308) Baltimore,

MD: York Press.

*I would like to start a parent support group for our families.
Resource: Roush, J. and Matkin, N.(1994). Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.(pp. 304) Baltimore, MD: York Press.


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