Family Support

 

My Baby’s Hearing

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My Baby’s Hearing is a website for parents whose baby has been identified as deaf or hard of hearing. The website offers information on hearing loss, hearing testing (including newborn hearing screening), hearing aids, language, learning and parent-to-parent resources. My Baby’s Hearing was created with support from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Visit www.babyhearing.org.

Social Emotional & Educational Development Seminars (SEEDS)

Boys Town National Research Hospital offers families of children with hearing loss a series of informal conversations and workshops. These sessions focus on providing families with practical suggestions for fostering optimal development in their children. Parents share their stories, inspirations, joys and challenges in an environment of acceptance and support. Additionally, Boys Town team members and community professionals join families to provide up-to-date information about fostering social, emotional and educational development in a child with a hearing loss.

Roots & Wings

All parents want to provide their children with safe and loving environments so that they can grow roots to become strong. Parents also want to offer their children the best educational opportunities so they can one day take flight to become whomever they wish to become. Roots and Wings is a weekend experience designed for families of newly-identified children with hearing loss. It is created with the goal of offering an enjoyable weekend where families can spend time together while learning about hearing loss, networking with others, exploring communication options and discovering educational possibilities. Roots & Wings is offered to families at no cost through the collaborative efforts of the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program, Hands & Voices, Nebraska Regional Programs for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Parent and Professional Workshops

Ongoing continuing education opportunities are available to families and the professionals serving their children. These workshops are offered through the collaborative efforts of the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Regional Programs for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Nebraska Hands & Voices

Nebraska Hands and Voices is part of a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. It is a parent-driven, parent-professional collaborative group without bias toward communication modes and methods. This organization’s membership includes those who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families who communicate using a variety of methods, including spoken language, sign language, or cued speech. Nebraska Hands & Voices exists to help children reach their highest potential. Visit www.handsvoice.org.

Sign Language Workshops

Workshops in Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) are offered to families, professionals and childcare workers who wish to develop their sign language skills. These interactive seminars are provided through the collaborative efforts of the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Regional Programs for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, the S.E.E. Center and Boys Town National Research Hospital.