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.
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.