Discovering that your newborn is deaf or hard of hearing can often be a shock. And you may wonder whether your child will have a happy or normal life.
But at the CCHAT Center, we believe the answer is a resounding “yes.”
With proper guidance, it’s possible to give your child all the resources, tools and advantages necessary for long-term success. In fact, our mission is to help your child matriculate into a mainstream school program and thrive once there. However, early intervention is key.
Babies don’t speak their first words until there around 12 months old. But speech, language, and sound processing all begin at birth. These skills are essential to healthy childhood development. But any hearing impairment that remains undiagnosed and untreated could stunt your child’s growth.
This is why we encourage all parents to have their children tested for hearing loss – as early as possible.
Our audiologists are experts in pediatric audiological assessments and can easily adapt standard testing procedures to meet a child's needs. We are a family-centered program, so our goal is to provide families with a thorough explanation of results and recommendations.
If the above hearing test results indicate that your newborn is deaf or hard of hearing, we have a dedicated communication program that is exclusively designed for children, including infants and their parents.
Baby & Me teaches you how to help your newborn develop his or her communication skills through auditory awareness and spoken language. Held weekly for 1 to 2 hours, each session revolves around everyday life experiences that involve you and your child.
Language, speech and auditory therapy
Cochlear implant and hearing aid training
Audiological education and management
Parent support and caregiver workshops
Throughout the program, you’ll work closely with every department at CCHAT to ensure your infant receives comprehensive exposure to a broad range of learning environments and situations. Baby & Me is staffed by parent/infant advisors who hold advanced degrees and are experts in pedagogical instruction for newborns who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Baby & Me actively involves educational and medical professionals who collectively monitor your child’s language development as he or she moves through the program. Baby & Me is parent-focused, child-driven and results-oriented to ensure your newborn receives the requisite foundation for lifelong learning and growth.