Birth to Three Services

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Birth to Three Services

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.

Connecting Families

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.

Social Time
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Family 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.

Family Meetings

Family Meetings 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 Family 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.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

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.

Sep 8, Sep 22 Click here to RSVP for September Classes
Oct 6, Oct 20
Nov 3, Nov 17
Dec 1, Dec 8
Jan 5, Jan 19
Feb 2, Feb 16
Mar 9, Mar 16
Apr 6, Apr 20
May 4, May 18
Jun 1

Family Meeting Dates

Sign up online (links below). Your RSVP is essential for our staff to prepare each session.

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Birth to Three Services

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.

Connecting Families

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.

Social Time
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Family 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.

Family Meetings

Family Meetings 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 Family 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.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

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.

Sep 8, Sep 22 Click here to RSVP for September Classes
Oct 6, Oct 20
Nov 3, Nov 17
Dec 1, Dec 8
Jan 5, Jan 19
Feb 2, Feb 16
Mar 9, Mar 16
Apr 6, Apr 20
May 4, May 18
Jun 1

Family Meeting Dates

Sign up online (links below). Your RSVP is essential for our staff to prepare each session.

Coming Soon

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