Birth to Three (B-3) services are designed for children with hearing loss ages birth-3 and their families. Our providers help parents and caretakers meet the physical, intellectual, language, speech, social, and emotional needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Babies learn to talk by listening to the voices of family members and caregivers from the time they are born. Any degree of hearing loss has the potential to interrupt speech, language, and learning development. Listen and Talk’s B-3 team helps families meet the developmental needs of a child with hearing loss. Our providers act as coaches, helping families understand the process of listening and talking in a natural, playful way.
Through supported practice, a family learns to help their child respond to and interpret sounds, building a foundation upon which spoken language and learning will grow. Sessions take place in the family’s home, other natural environments, or through Virtual Home Visits.
Virtual Home Visits
Online meetings are a growing component of our B-3 program. Virtual Home Visits (VHV) permit two-way, real time, interactive communication between our providers and families. VHVs are administered over the Internet using a computer and secure video conferencing technology. Advantages of Virtual Home Visits include: flexible scheduling, expanded opportunities for participation by additional caregivers, and increased access for families living in remote areas.
Listen and Talk connects families with each other, and to adults who have hearing loss for mentorship and support. Connections may be initiated at any time, and introductions can be made in person, by email, phone, or virtually.
Music and Movement Classes
Families and caregivers meet at Listen and Talk to participate in music, dance, and activities designed to enrich their child’s listening experience. Sharing music at an early age is good for a child’s overall growth and learning. For children with hearing loss, music has the ability to strengthen memory and thinking, language, and speech skills. During class, information is shared about song and movement, along with handouts to help families make music an integral part of their everyday home activities.
By popular demand, we are offering 2 age-specific classes with Social Time in-between each class for all families.
Birth to 18 months
9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.
- Class components listed above, specifically designed for our youngest kiddos.
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Parent Room
- An opportunity for families from both class groups to gather and enjoy a snack and social conversation while the staff transitions between classes. It’s a chance for families to spend time sharing experiences and getting to know each other. A light snack will be provided.
19 to 36 months
11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
- This class is similar to the first class and will contain many music activities. There will be a slightly longer story time and a simple craft. The activities will include strategies for building listening and language skills along with facilitating social communication between the toddlers.
Parent Meeting and Toddler Groups
Parent Meeting and Toddler Groups are facilitated by Listen and Talk experts to help enrich parents’ skills and knowledge base, and provide opportunities for families and caregivers to share experiences. During Parent Meetings, children (up to the age of 5) participate in supervised play activities, which provide opportunities for the continued development and support of social and communication skills.
Music and Movement Dates
Sign up for Music and Movement class online (link below). Your RSVP is essential for our staff to prepare each class.
Parent Meeting Dates
Sign up online (links below). Your RSVP is essential for our staff to prepare each session.
April 5 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Panel: Parents and Adults with Hearing Loss – RSVP Parent Meeting