What is the problem?
Since legislation passed in 2007, professionals from a variety of service agencies have started to provide information and intervention to families of babies who are newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. The professionals have typically been prepared to work with students who are school age. A need for a portfolio of resources was identified by the Collaborative Plan stakeholders of the Birth-Age 5 work group.
Who is affected?
Professionals who serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are D/HH and their families.
What is the proposed solution?
The proposed solution included creating a portfolio of early childhood resources. The portfolio products must be vetted by a group of professionals as evidence based and appropriate for infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families. The portfolio was created by Kristi Townshend, Cassie Haga and Kathy Anderson. The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention teams from the 12 regions of Minnesota reviewed the portfolio. The portfolio was also presented to a group of professionals and parents at the state-wide symposium.
As of the fall of 2015, the portfolio is now available online on the Minnesota Low Incidence Projects.
Who was involved?
Anna Paulson, Coordinator of Educational Advancement & Partnerships
Kathy Anderson, Portfolio Co-Creator