Family Center Resources

Research shows that there are many benefits from parental involvement in childrens' ability to learn to read.  From the first day, families generally have a basic foundation of valuable assets that no one else can bring to the table:  A mother’s and/or father’s love, seeing their child as a whole human being, understanding the family’s priorities and values, ultimate responsibility for their child, a lifetime commitment and the right to make choices on behalf of their child.

Understanding the collaborative relationship in early intervention and education between parents and professionals is essential. When a partnership begins to emerge, the assets of both parents and professionals begin to combine towards the success we are all seeking. We know kids won’t have appropriate literacy skills which are taught at school if parents don’t join in the effort of teaching their child to read at home.  In this module you will find valuable tools providing tips, strategies and resources to support you in encouraging the involvement of families of deaf and hard of hearing children in the advancement of literacy achievement.

Accessible Materials Project:  The Accessible Materials Project (AMP) provides video resources to support language, literacy, and academic development among  signing students with hearing loss.  Numerous videos and links are available at each internet location listed.  Various video models are appropriate for ages pre-school through high school and are designed to be used by educational professionals, parents, and students.  For further information or to request DVDs for individual use contact AASD AMP at

AMP on Facebook/ AMP on YouTube/ AMP on SchoolTube

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A national organization that helps families, and healthcare and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early intervention and to allow children to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

American Society for Deaf Children:  ASDC has been a resource for families of deaf and hard of hearing children since 1967.  ASDC works to support and educate families of deaf and hard of hearing children.  Their website includes news, online resources, articles and a blog related to the education and support of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.

Audiology Listings by Georgia County-2012

Beginnings of North Carolina: Provides parents of D/HH children with information on early intervention, communication options, audiology, assistive technology, legislation, and school issues.  Information is accessible in both English and Spanish.

Beginnings of North Carolina - Importance of Early Diagnosis/Intervention: Provides parents with information about the importance of early diagnosis/intervention of hearing loss.

Beginnings of North Carolina - Preparing for the IEP: Provides information reminding parents of the importance of being involved in their child’s education and provides tips on how parents should prepare for the IEP meeting.

Born Learning: An innovative public engagement campaign created by the United Way of American and the Ad Council that helps parents, grandparents and care givers explore ways to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.  The campaign includes resources targeting infant and young child learning.

Born Learning - Connecting Leads to Learning: Provides information on how to connect with children and form a relationship, ensuring that learning is taking place.

Born Learning - Dads: Provides dads with ideas on how they can be involved in their child’s learning and development.

Born learning - Grandparents: Provides grandparents with ideas on how they can be involved in a child’s learning and development.

Born Learning - Learning on the Go: Provides parents suggestions on how they can help their child learn on the go – whether they are at home, traveling or in public places. 

Born Learning - Promoting Health: Provides parents with tips on healthcare, nutrition, and sleep to help their child grow up healthy.

Born Learning - Selecting Childcare Providers: Provides parents with things to consider when selecting childcare providers and ways to identify the best child care environment for their family.

Born Learning - What You Can Do: Provides information to parents on how to be an active participant in their child’s early learning and how to engage their child in play.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Hearing Loss in Children: Provides multiple links for fact sheets, national statistics, research, and free materials for families, service providers, and the public.

Communicate with your Child: Provides resources devoted to the importance of hearing for newborns, infants, and children, screening tests, and what to do if your newborn or infant has hearing loss.

Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf:  CEASD provides an opportunity for professional educators to work together to improve schools and educational programs for deaf and hard of hearing people.  CEASD works to involve all stakeholders in education  to examine what is done in the education of deaf and hard of hearing students.  Examination of how to impact educational policy and decision making is also a part of what CEASD strives to do.

15 Principles for Reading to Deaf Children:  A comparative study of deaf children with hearing parents and deaf children with deaf parents.  Hearing parents and teachers can learn from the read aloud strategies used by deaf parents.  The following 15 principles have been identified based on research that examined deaf parents and deaf teachers reading to deaf children:  Deaf readers translate stories using American Sign Language; Deaf readers keep both languages visible (ASL and English); Deaf readers are not constrained by the text; Deaf readers re-read stories on a storytelling to story reading continuum; Deaf readers follow the child's lead; Deaf readers make what is implied explicit; Deaf readers adjust sign placement to fit the story; Deaf readers adjust signing style to fit the story; Deaf readers connect concepts in the story to the real world; Deaf readers use attention maintenance strategies; Deaf readers use eye gaze to elicit participation; Deaf readers engage in role play to extend concepts; Deaf readers use ASL variations to sign repetitive English phrases; Deaf readers provide a positive and reinforcing environment; and Deaf readers expect the child to become literate.

FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress):  FOCUS understands and supports the unique needs of families with children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental or physical disabilities. FOCUS offers comfort, hope and information to parents; accessible recreational and social programs for children and teens; and fun, inclusive activities for the entire family. A nonprofit founded by parents in 1983, FOCUS continues to embrace and strengthen metro Atlanta families.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities:  The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, independent state agency that serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. Through public policy initiatives, advocacy programs and community building, GCDD promotes and creates opportunities to enable persons with disabilities to live, work, play and worship as an integral part of society.

Hands & Voices:  A national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their D/HH children, as well as the professional who serve them.  Provides resources and information about regional services offered and local chapters.

Hands & Voices - Loss & Found: This is a video for parents explaining what should be done if their child does not pass the newborn hearing screening.

Hands & Voices - "Taking a Picture Walk": A brief article describing a shared reading activity between an adult reader and child to prepare for reading an unfamiliar story.  The adult reader and the child will preview the pictures in a storybook to familiarize the child to the story before introducing the text.

HOPE - Online Vocabulary Course: HOPE recorded online course that discusses early vocabulary development and strategies for parents and professionals to utilize in further vocabulary expansion.

Kids World Deaf Net:  KidsWorld Deaf Net provides information, a virtual library of research related to deaf education and an online forum for parents and professionals involved in the education of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University:  Provides information and resources related to the development and education of deaf and hard of hearing children.  Includes Info to Go, Training and Technical Assistance, National Outreach Resources, Products and Publications, Shared Reading Project, and the Cochlear Implant Education Center.

Let Them Hear Foundation - IDEA 2004: IDEA 2004 special education web resource center for parents and professionals (need to register to access full articles & selected case law).

My Baby's Hearing: Created by Boys Town National Research Hospital, My Baby’s Hearing provides information about infant hearing screening and follow-up testing; steps to take after diagnosis of hearing loss; hearing loss, hearing aids, and language and speech; and parenting issues.

My Baby's Hearing - All About Hearing Loss: Explains the ear and how it works, as well as different types of hearing loss.  It also provides parents and caretakers with different tests to expect as their child grows older.

My Baby's Hearing - Building Conversations: Provides information to parents and caretakers of D/HH children on how to converse with their child(ren), particularly in terms of responding to baby’s communication, following your child’s lead, and talking about what interests your baby or child.

My Baby's Hearing - Building Our Support Team: Provides parents and caretakers of newly identified D/HH children with information on how to build a support team of family, school, and community members.

My Baby's Hearing - Causes of Hearing Loss: Provides parents and caretakers with the information to answer the question of what caused their child’s hearing loss.

My Baby's Hearing - Cochlear Implants: Provides information on how the cochlear implant works, who is a candidate, and how to help children learn to listen with this device.

My Baby's Hearing - Getting Ready for School: Provides parents and caretakers with information on school programs for children who are D/HH and how they can help prepare their child(ren) for the experience of school without neglecting the work of early childhood.

My Baby's Hearing - Getting Started with Early Intervention:  Provides parents and caretakers who are just starting the early intervention process with answers to questions about programs and services available to families of children with hearing loss, plus a checklist to help you get started and other helpful links.

My Baby's Hearing - Glossary: Provides a list and definitions of the terminology that professionals use when they talk about hearing, causes of hearing loss and hearing aid devices.

My Baby's Hearing - Hearing Aid Choices: Provides answers to many questions people have about hearing aids. This site provides ideas to help parents and caretakers with their child's hearing aids.

My Baby's Hearing - Parent to Parent:  Focuses on linking parents and caretakers of D/HH children to other parents and caretakers of D/HH children who have agreed to share their stories, experience, expertise, and advice.

My Baby's Hearing - Positive Parenting:  Provides parents and caretakers with information on effective parenting technique and how they can be adapted to fit the communication needs of their family.

My Baby's Hearing - Read with Me:  Provides parents/caretakers and educators with both ASL and LSL suggestions for how to enjoy reading time with babies and young children who are D/HH.

National Association of the Deaf:  NAD is a non-profit organization that works to support and advocate for deaf and hard of hearing people and their families in education, employment, and everyday life.

Raising Deaf Kids:  Raising deaf kids addresses many issues faced by parents of a child with a hearing loss.  These topics are discussed through stories from real parents telling stories about making decisions for their child.

“Reading aloud to children who are deaf or hard of hearing”:  This independent study by Eileen Bouldin Brankatelli examines the benefits and most effective techniques of reading aloud to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, including an instructional video and booklist for parents and caretakers.

Science Daily - A Second Language Gives Toddlers an Edge: This article describes a study that showed that bilingual toddlers had an edge over unilingual peers.

Storytelling Videos using ASL:  Providing students with rich language models is critically important. An excellent way to support students in developing rich vocabularies is by engaging them in storytelling. Rich stories related in either spoken English or American Sign Language provide students with strong models for developing background knowledge that leads to later success in reading and academics.

Video - Surprise on the Farm (English) / Script – Surprise on the Farm (English)

Video - Surprise on the Farm (Spanish) / Script – Surprise on the Farm (Spanish)

Video - Star Wars A Long Time Ago But Far Away (English) / Script – A Long Time Ago But Not Far Away (English)

Video - Star Wars A Long Time Ago But Not Far Away (Spanish) / Script – A Long Time Ago But Not Far Away (Spanish)

The Listen-Up Web!: Provides information and links to products geared to the special needs of D/HH children and their families.  The Listen-Up Web! is a one-stop shop for information, answers, help, ideas, and resources.

The Listen-Up Web! - Parents Wish List for Providers: Provides a list of reminders for physicians when interacting with parents and caretakers.  This section also provides tips, personal experiences, and information from parents and caretakers for other parents and caretakers to keep in mind when visiting medical providers.

The Listen-Up Web! - The Listen-Up List!: A listserv for parents of D/HH children that was created to support their informational and emotional needs.  The main purpose of the listserv is to advocate for the rights of D/HH children by sharing problems, strategies, successes, failures.

Zero to Three - Your Child's Development: 30 to 36 Months: Provides descriptions of what your child can do at this age and provides questions the parent or caretaker can ask the child to increase his or her learning as well as information on the importance of making friends at this age.