The Institute for Parents of Preschool children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Institute for Parents of Preschool Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is scheduled for June 7-12, 2020, on the Illinois School for the Deaf campus in Jacksonville.

 

The Institute is for families of children, ages 6 months to 5 years, with a permanent hearing loss. Families from all over the state come together to gain knowledge, support and connections.

 

Participating parents and guardians attend daily lectures by experts in the field to learn about raising a child with hearing loss. Other activities include meeting in small groups and networking with other caregiver. Topics for the week cover:

 

•             Language development

•             Communication options

•             Reading an audiogram and learning about the reports from the audiologist

•             Hearing aids and cochlear implants

•             Reading to a child with a hearing loss

•             Working with a child’s behavior

•             Working with the school

 

During the Institute, children attend classrooms overseen by experienced teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They may receive audiology, psychology, speech/language, vision and educational testing. All of these services are free of charge!

Siblings who are 12 and under are also welcome to attend the Institute.

The Institute is a team effort of multiple organizations, including:

•             Illinois Department of Human Services: Department of Rehabilitation

Services

•             Illinois School for the Deaf

•             Illinois State Board of Education

•             Illinois Department of Public Health

•             University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for

Children

Please consider joining us June 7-12, 2020, in Jacksonville!

For more information about the Institute and to enroll, contact the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) at: (800) 322-3722 or Institute@exchange.dscc.uic.edu. If your child is enrolled with DSCC, please contact your Care Coordinator.