School-Based Parent Infant Program

Prepared by: Lori Hlosek

Bernstein, Anita (1993). A School-Based Parent Infant Program: The First Step in the Educational Process, The Volta Review

95(5), 75-84.

This article discusses the philosophy of the Parent Infant Program at the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf (MOSD). The program's philosophy is that parents can provide their hearing impaired baby with the best early listening and language experiences through everyday activities in the home. Therefore, they focus on the parents knowledge and understanding rather than working with the infants.

The Parent Infant Program consists of a home-based program, a center-based program, a team of professionals, and ongoing diagnostic assessment. This team works together to establish an environment to reach these four goals: audiological management; guidance of parents to develop their child's spoken language through and auditory approach; facilitation of the infants cognitive, physical, social and emotional development; and parent education and support.

To reach these goals, the MOSD Parent Infant Program uses six different components in their program. The following components are: individual guidance sessions, audiologic assessment sessions, parent-tot playgroups, home visits, parent education, and a summer program.

MOSD believes that the first step in the educational process is the Parent Infant Program. Once the child is ready to transition to preschool, the family is assisted in deciding an appropriate placement. MOSD also feels that an important aspect of an infant program is a school based program. Here, families can have easy access to professionals, have a supportive environment, have involvement with other parents and children, and observe hearing impaired children at all age levels in a school setting.

Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major