Parent Infant Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
The Parent Infant Program recognizes that early identification and services for children with a hearing loss can significantly optimize developmental potential. Our mission is to provide high-quality language services to children under the age of three, who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We also provide support to their families.
The language services include American Sign Language (ASL) as well as Listening and Spoken Language. Both modalities benefit the children. In some states, schools ask families to choose between American Sign Language or Listening and Spoken Language. Here at Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, we give children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing both languages. We give children all of the tools in the toolbox.
PIP services are offered throughout Utah. The PIP program works in collaboration with Utah’s Baby Watch Early Intervention system. The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program can assist with hearing evaluations.
PIP specialists are members of each Early Intervention team in Utah. Deaf and Hard of Hearing services provided through USDB are free. Eligibility to participate in the program is determined through a hearing diagnosis.
The PIP program provides a variety of home-based services for children and families. PIP also provides toddler groups, playgroups, Listening Time, ASL resources, and story time.
Dedicated, caring teachers provide home-based services in a variety of natural settings using developmentally appropriate activities. Services for PIP children are implemented through Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs). Specialist visits are scheduled with a frequency based on each child’s individual needs.
The Parent Infant Program strives to provide early intervention services and coordination including:
- Support for parents and families in their efforts to understand their child’s hearing loss.
- Information, training, modeling, and consultation for parents and family to allow for an increased understanding of their child’s unique needs.
- Networking opportunities for families to meet others who have children with hearing loss.
- Resources and instruction designed to prepare children with a hearing loss to reach their highest potential in preparation for further education.
We are here to offer support, guidance, and expert advice. We are your advocate as you navigate through the programs and services that make up your child’s education. We look forward to hearing from you.
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