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Learn More about AG Bell

The birth of your child can be the happiest day of your life. But what if you learn your precious new baby has a hearing loss? Where do you look for information? Parents embark on an unexpected journey and search for resources.   

What is Listening and Spoken Language?

Early identification and intervention combined with appropriate hearing technology can enable a child with hearing loss to develop language skills comparable to their peers with typical hearing by the time they enter first grade.Today, as a result of advances in newborn hearing screening, hearing technologies, early intervention programs and the specialty skills of professionals, families can choose a listening and spoken language outcome for their child. 

21.6.cover.smallWhat Are My Child’s Communication Options?
Read more about the communication options available including listening and spoken language.


Ages and Stages of Language Development 
When it comes to language development, a child begins learning language from the first few days of their life. Read more about the different developmental stages as your child grows with language.
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Why is Early Intervention Important 

Children born with any type of developmental delay are at risk for falling behind in their educational potential. When hearing loss is diagnosed it is very important that parents and caretakers begin the planning process for their child’s educational future. Early intervention services are designed so children receive the early intervention or other services they need in a timely manner so they can enter preschool and elementary school ready to succeed.

button.voices from ag bellEarly Identification
Early identification of hearing loss gives parents the opportunity to gather information and make informed decisions that are right for their child and their family from the very start.

button.hear our voicesBenefits of Early Intervention
The emphasis of early intervention is on helping families become educated and comfortable as the child’s primary teachers of language. 

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Know Your Legal Rights 

Knowing your legal rights and being able to advocate for yourself are important skills for everyone, but especially for people with hearing loss. AG Bell's information on advocacy covers important legislative rights for people with hearing loss, skills and ideas to help your child grow their self-advocacy skills, as well as legislative efforts important to the listening and spoken language community.

button.voices from ag bellEarly Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act
The goal of the EHDI program is to indentify hearing loss at an early age, and to provide early intervention to ensure every child develops communication and social skills commensurate with their cognitive abilities.
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button.hear our voicesPolicy Issues and Efforts
AG Bell's advocacy efforts span the establishment of practice protocol to supporting national policies that affect deaf and hard of hearing. 

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Get Involved! Write to your Senators about EHDI

Use the following template letter as the basis for communication with your Senators to cosponsor S.B. 2424, legislation to reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act.

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Our Stories 

button.hear our voicesKeeping It Real: Coaching Parents to Use Natural Experiences for Learning
by by Ellie White, M.S., M.Ed., CED, and Dorie Noll, MSDE, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Listening and spoken language professionals coach caregivers on how to improving their child’s listening and spoken language by using natural, regular and common experiences, including daily routines. 

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Using Creativity and Arts for Language Development
by Lexi Logan
From an early age, the author and her husband exposed their son to a lot of creative activity. Whey they were creating something, there was a process of exploration which is a perfect outlet for language. The author's top goal was always speech, so whatever they were doing, their son was getting my auditory-verbal boost within earshot.
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