Early intervention is key to the development of listening and spoken language for children with hearing loss. In collaboration with hospital centers and rehabilitation centers, the aim of this service is, following a diagnosis of hearing loss, to support and guide families and infants as soon as possible. Language stimulation, proper fitting and use of the hearing technology results in optimal benefit of the assistive devices. Health and education working together offer an efficient complementary service to individual children and their parents.
This service includes three key strategies:
Parents are an essential part of the team as they will become the primary facilitators of their child. During one-on-one parent guidance sessions, in the daycare or at home, our specialized staff will allow parents to learn how to transform daily life activities into learning opportunities. By doing so, they will continuously reinforce the child’s listening and spoken language skills.
From 0 to 3 years, brain plasticity, the ability of the brain structures to change and develop, is at its peak. During this period, learning happens quickly. Through rich and meaningful exposure to sounds and spoken language in daily routines, one can work with this brain plasticity to facilitate the acquisition of auditory skills. This is an essential step in learning to listen and ultimately develop spoken language.
An audiologist will ensure that the infant is properly fitted with hearing devices and that hearing is optimal at all times.