Beginnings empowers parents, helping them face the challenges of hearing loss and find avenues for assistance that can lead to their child’s happy and successful adulthood.

We know this journey can be intimidating, but we also know that “given accurate, objective information about hearing loss, parents can make sound decisions for their child…for the best possible outcomes,” as Joni Alberg, PhD has said.

Our Parent Education Specialists are here to help you through your child’s hearing loss journey, with individualized, impartial support.

I am so glad you all are in SC. I cannot tell you the relief I felt knowing there was an advocate available to call on when I felt cornered.

Kim Jolly

Parent of a Child with Hearing Loss

Your involvement has been invaluable to our family in educating the school about exactly what he needs to succeed.

Kim Harley

Parent of a Child with Hearing Loss

We have gotten more answers in the past month since I first called you than we have in the past six years.

Megan Smith-Shelton

Parent of a Child with Hearing Loss

Thanks for all your help! I feel like a weight has been lifted.

Michelle Unger

Parent of a Child with Hearing Loss

How Can Beginnings Help Me?

proactive family interaction

communication and language skills

building on existing family strengths

individualized information for parents about their child

strategies for school success

referrals to programs and supports

educational rights and procedures

parenting concerns

training modules for parents

and more!

Where Our Families Are Located

Soon after the diagnosis, I was contacted by Cara Senterfeit, a Parent Educator, from Beginnings. We scheduled a time for her to come and meet our family. We were distraught, angry, confused and sad. After Cara left our house after that first visit, I knew everything was going to be okay. She gave us hope. We were not alone in this. As a matter of fact, we now had an advocate. Not only was Cara an expert in dealing with hearing loss, she provided us with options.  After much discussion and research, our family decided to explore the option of cochlear implantation. The process can be overwhelming. Cara held our hand the whole way, she never left our side. We ask her to be there when we met with BabyNet. She was there. We asked her to be there when we met with our early intervention agency. She was there. We asked her to be there when we met our Auditory Verbal Therapist. She was there. Cara not only was our advocate but quickly became an extension of our family.

Molli DeRosa

Parent of a Child with Hearing Loss