Programs & Activities

To ensure informed decision-making, parents of infants with newly diagnosed hearing loss should be offered opportunities to interact with other families who have infants or children with hearing loss as well as adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In addition, parents should be offered access to professional, educational, and consumer organizations and provided with general information on child development, language development, and hearing loss.  Joint Committee on Infant Hearing 2007
 

Hand-N-Hand values the recommendations sited by the JCIH, providing:

 

Total Communication Groups, activities are presented using sign language and speech. This is a great time for families who are just beginning to use sign language to practice their skills. While interacting with their children, parents also have the opportunity to chat with other parents and professionals associated with the Deaf community and relate experiences, learn about hearing loss, and discover resources. Fun and socialization awaits both the parents and their children!

Roots-N-Wings sign language classes teach HNH children age six through twelve the basic roots of sign language while encouraging them to spread their wings and feel comfortable using the language.  Children learn sign language naturally through games, stories and fun activities highlighted with opportunities to interact with members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
 

Sign language classes increase participants signing skills from one-word signing to sentences.  Participants will learn about topics relevant to daily living, family, emergencies, special occasions, etc.. while using the basics of ASL.  Deaf culture is embraced through opportunities to interact with members of the Deaf community.
 

MUSIC-N-MOTION is a music & movement class for infants, toddlers, preschoolers who have hearing loss…and the grownups who love them!  Music, children, and hearing loss? Yes! Music is powerful and participation in musical activities enhances learning by promoting communication skills, listening skills, language skills, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional development, and creativity.

   


Collaboration with community organizations is encouraged; and following an application process, interpreter training students and high school students, hearing and Deaf, participate as volunteers.

 

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