The information in this section is provided and written to answer questions related to the general topic of "Communication."
By clicking on the links on the right and exploring the information, you will find answers to questions such as:
- What are our options for communicating?
- What can we do at home?
- What is an interpreter? And how do I use one?
- How can I become an interpreter?
Overview of Opportunities
Texas Connect has an overview of Options for Communication that discusses:
- the difference between a language and a communication method
- the most common options for communication
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Early Intervention: Communication and Language for Families of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Infants, provides information on:
- how to communicate and foster language while families weigh their options and choices for communication
- early intervention service
- the importance of communication and language for the overall development of the child
BEGINNINGS For Parents Of Children Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing, Inc. offers a reference chart of communication options. They also have several short video samples of communication options in action! Videos include samples of:
- Visual Approach - American Sign Language
- Auditory Approach - Auditory Verbal
- Combined Visual and Auditory Approaches
National Association of the Deaf launched the Gift of Language campaign January - June 2018 ensuring that every single Deaf or hard of hearing child is given the gift of language
For more information on ASL and English bilingual early childhood programs visit the National ASL and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education
Children with Cochlear Implants Who Sign: Guidelines for Transitioning to Oral Education or a Mainstream Setting - from the Boston Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children