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JCIH 2007 Early InterventionPosition Statement

What role does Early Intervention play in the LA EHDI process?

Early intervention is the heart of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. Research shows that with early identification and appropriate family-centered early intervention services, children with hearing loss can develop better language, speech, cognitive and social-emotional development than later-identified children. It all begins with parents and professionals establishing a partnership. They work with each other to help the child reach his/her potential while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

Early intervention professionals are trained in a variety of disciplines, such as:

  • speech-language pathologists
  • audiologists
  • deaf educators
  • early childhood specialists

All individuals who provide servides to infants with hearing loss should have specialized training and expertise in the development of audition, speech, and language. Intervention services for the deaf or hard of hearing child include medical, audiological and educational interventions. This section focuses on educational early intervention (EI). EI services should be received as soon as possible after identification of a hearing loss; the EHDI goal is no later than 6 months of age.

*Roles developed by JCIH 2007 Position Statement


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