Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
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- Roadmap for Success
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- Resource Binder for Families - What you Need to Know (PDF)
- Resources for Families
- Contact Us
Parts of EHDI
- Medical Home
- Inpatient Screening
- Outpatient Screening
- Out of Hospital Births
- Pediatric Audiology
- Specialty Care
- Early Intervention
- State EHDI Program
Early Intervention: Before 6 Months
Closing the Follow-Up Gap: Early Intervention
Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow has many resources for parents, caregivers, and professionals about the development of young children. This includes information on developmental milestones, videos, caregiver strategies to support development, information about how to get help if there are questions or concerns about a child's development, and evaluations for Early Intervention Services.
Children who are deaf or hard of hearing may be eligible to receive free Early Intervention services through their local public school district.
An Early Intervention service coordinator will work with families of eligible children to make a plan for supporting each child's growth and development.
Call 866-693-4769 to refer a child directly to Help Me Grow.
The Department of Education legislative report, Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Minnesota, is a summary of some of the efforts, data, and results of work from education-based agencies, departments, and individuals who serve deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students in Minnesota.
Assistance From Experts
Early childhood specialists work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need:
- Special instruction and other services including speech, physical, and occupational therapy
- Resources and activities to help children learn and grow
- Connections to community supports and services
Early childhood specialists can help find community resources and early childhood programs for children who are not eligible for Early Intervention services.
Goal: All infants with hearing loss will receive appropriate early intervention services before 6 months of age (medical, audiologic, and Early Intervention).
Indicator 3.6: Percent of infants/children ages 0-3 with a reported confirmed permanent hearing loss (congenital or late onset) who were reported to be enrolled in Part C Early Intervention services
2015 - 58%
2016 - 70%
2017 - 69%
2018 - 51%
Resources: Best Practices Guidelines
Early Intervention Best Practice:
Families are encouraged to explore all communication options and receive unbiased support.
Debra Cushner, Julie Mitchiner, Debra Nussbaum: Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University
"Assessment must be performed by qualified evaluators. Recommendations should be based on results of assessments as they relate to the impact of hearing loss on communication, language, and on academic and social-emotional competency."
-National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (2006)
"Our early interventionist taught us how to read an audiogram, how to care for hearing aids, how to develop her hearing ability, how to find opportunities to learn language in her everyday routine, and how to effectively use English with our daughter. Our Deaf Mentor took away our fear of what our daughter's life might be like, guided us into the Deaf world, helped us understand Deaf culture, taught us to effectively use American Sign Language, and gave us insight into our daughter's life that helped us love, appreciate and accept her. We believe that we are now equipped to help our daughter have the best of both the Deaf world and the Hearing world. We are so grateful that we had the benefits of both of these wonderful people in our lives."
-Dianne & Ron, Parents of a Daughter with Hearing Loss
Resources: Tools for Improvement
Engage Families as Partners
Parent Organizer features the Parent Roadmap and offers more in depth information about hearing loss. Any child living in Minnesota that is newly identified with a hearing loss will receive a printed copy of this organizer.
Connect to Community Resources
Continue Skill Building
Glossary of Terms to talk about hearing, causes of hearing loss and hearing aid devices.
Sign It! American Sign Language (ASL) classes online: Would you like to learn American Sign Language (ASL)? If you have a child who is under 36 months of age, apply to get a free innovative on-line curriculum to learn ASL.
Hear To Learn: An interactive resource in English and Spanish, for parents and professionals to support spoken language development.
Cue College: Learn to Cue Online. Cued speech combines simple hand cues with natural mouth movements of speech to make all sounds of spoken language visually clear.
Early Intervention: Families' Perspectives (01:00)
Build family to family relationships
Standardize referral mechanisms
Include communication outcomes in every IFSP
Confirm the hearing status of every child with a related condition
Identify every failed appointment as an opportunity to act and learn