Early Intervention Services
WeeTalk’s Early Intervention Hearing Specialists are committed to helping babies, toddlers, and families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They can assist your family in providing opportunities to determine how your child will best learn about their world and eventually learn to communicate.
Our highly trained therapists utilize your child’s daily routines to target learning opportunities that occur naturally so that learning new skills will seem easy.
- Encourage your child to explore their environment through play and daily activities
- Heighten family’s awareness of obstacles in the environment that may impact a child’s ability to localize or respond to sound so they can explore the home/daycare or community (Orientation & Mobility)
- Assist families in connecting with local community resources as well as other support networks for children with hearing impairments
- Support other professionals/therapists working with your child and family to ensure that materials and strategies are consistent, motivating, and meeting the hearing needs of the child
- Discuss your child’s diagnosis and educate regarding the prognosis
- Ensuring that family and child build a trusting and bonded relationship so the parents/caregivers can learn how to support the child’s progress
- Assist families in choosing appropriate toys and materials
- Encourage families to teach their child to become as independent as possible during components of daily routines to enhance learning opportunities
- Support families in choosing communication style (Auditory vs ASL)
- Provide resources and supports to encourage wearing and use of hearing aids and/or cochlear implants (if chosen)
Seek Early Intervention if your child has a diagnosis involving hearing loss or deafness or if your child is:
- Unable to hear
- Not making eye contact by 6 months
- Struggling with figuring out where a sound came from (localizing)
- Fearful of movement/sounds
- Holding objects extremely close to ears
- Not interested in sound making toys
- Not responding to name by 9 months
- Not making vocal sounds by 6 months
- Not developing language by 12 months
Are You a Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapist?
WeeTalk is owned and operated by therapists. Founded in 2006, WeeTalk provides a full range of Early Intervention services for infants and children. Our specialized services include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Feeding Therapy, and Special Instruction as well as Hearing, Visual, and Behavior Supports.