Wouldn’t it be great if children came with an “owner’s manual?”

Parenting is a verb! It takes hard work and a lot of effort. When there is an extra layer, such as hearing loss, even knowing where to start is often difficult. Beginnings SC provides expert guidance and education for parents of deaf or hard of hearing children or parents who are deaf or hard of hearing. Beginnings SC is here in South Carolina to be your guide; from learning about your child’s hearing loss, to what educational options are available, to how to locate resources in your county.  Get in touch with us and start your action plan. Free of charge. From birth until your child turns 22. Contact us for more information, or to start finding the answer to the question of “Now what?!”

Resources

These are excellent resource pages developed and maintained by us and others, including our “parent” nonprofit, BEGINNINGS in NC. Please explore all the links on the NCBegin.org website, and in Spanish.

For additional SC website resources, click here.

Early Intervention

Learning Language

Individualized Family Service Plans

Early Intervention Funding (from the American Speech and Hearing Association)

Communication Paths

Communicating with Your Child – There isn’t one communication method that is right for every child. What works for your child is what is right. The Parent Education Specialists at Beginnings SC believe that given accurate information and reliable resources, parents can make great decisions about their child.

Five different Communication Paths and to begin considering what is best for their family

ASL and Sign Language

Technology Available for People with Hearing Loss

Hearing Aids

Cochlear Implants

Assistive Listening Devices

Hearing Aid Cleaning and Care (Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #1519 for suggesting this great resource!)

The Ear and How Hearing Works

How the ear works

Degrees of Hearing Loss

Audiogram

Reading and Understanding Your Child’s Audiogram – an audiogram is a visual representation of an individual’s hearing; learn how to read them here through interactives

Federal Laws Related to Those with Disabilities
Printables

Beginnings Brochure: Learn more about Beginnings SC or share it with a friend

Beginnings SC’s Back to School Introduction Letter: Complete this to share critical information about your child.

Parent Notebook Files:  Use these (or part of these) to set up a 3-ring binder with your child’s more important information.  Knowledge is power!

Watch a video to learn how to create your Parent Notebook!

Support Team Log:  Keep a list of ALL your child’s service providers and teachers.

An Example of Our Families’ Success

Learn from Cole about what it’s like to grow up deaf in the public school system, and his exciting 2016 college plans!