Conclusion: Early Beginnings for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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By Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, PhD/February 2014

Early identification is only the beginning for families with infants who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participation in a quality early intervention program soon after a baby has been identified as being deaf or hard of hearing is the next recommended step. For many families, however, finding a good program is not easy, and many families are perplexed about what makes a program effective. Misconceptions among practitioners and policy makers can hinder the progress that children and families should expect This document was developed to help clarify some of these misunderstandings so that families and service providers can join together to ensure the best early start for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

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