Early Intervention Program
Connect Society's Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a unique developmental program specializing in serving children and their families affected by hearing loss. Your family may choose to participate in home visits, playgroups or both, as well as a number of other program services.
The Early Intervention Program staff are knowledgeable about infant and toddler development and hearing loss and its effects. The Early Intervention Program is individualized to meet the unique needs of each child and family. Families can choose to participate in the program activities that best fit for them. While participating in the Early Intervention Program, families are eligible to access other community or hospital-based programs and services at the same time.
The Early Intervention Program team includes qualified Early Intervention Consultants (Developmental Specialists), a Speech Language Pathologist, Family Support Workers and a Family Literacy Coordinator. In addition, a Capital Health partnership provides an Occupational Therapist for program and individual consultation and assessment.
How do we qualify for the program?
The program accepts:
- Children with a diagnosed hearing loss, including mild to profound losses and unilateral loss
- Children with a suspected hearing loss, where speech and language is affected
- Children with Cochlear Implants
- Children with suspected/diagnosed hearing loss and have more complex/additional needs
- Children who are hearing and have Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing parent(s)
- Children are between the ages of birth and 3 ½ and live in the Capital Health Region.
What does the program offer my child and family?
- Home-based visits with your child and family
- Information about hearing loss and child development
- Activity suggestions to promote communication and general child development
- Developmental screening and speech and language assessment
- Playgroups that provide opportunities to interact with other children
- Parent support groups and activities
- Links to other community health services, e.g. occupational therapy
- Liaison with other professionals involved with your child, e.g. audiology, home care
- Accompaniment to medical or audiology appointments
- Consultation about, and referral to, other community resources
- Assistance in planning for your child’s preschool years
Other programs and services available to your child and family:
Family Support Program
Additional family support is available to work with your family on issues you identify. The family support worker can provide information about resources, facilitate referrals and assist with transition planning.
Family Literacy Program
The Family Literacy Program provides home and centre based activities that promote early literacy and social interaction skills for children. A resource lending library is available to parents.
In-Home Sign Communication Program
The In-Home Sign Communication program provides an instructor in your home to develop signed communication skills with your family.