Early Hearing Detection and Intervention A roadmap to success

Early Intervention: before 6 months


Build family to family relationships

Standardize referral mechanisms

Include communication outcomes in every IFSP

Confirm the hearing status of every child with a related condition

Identify every failed appointment as an opportunity to act and learn

Closing The Follow-Up Gap: Early Intervention

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow has many resources for parents, caregivers, and professionals about the development of young children. This includes information on developmental milestones, videos, caregiver strategies to support development, information about how to get help if there are questions or concerns about a child’s development, and evaluations for Early Intervention Services.

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing may be eligible to receive free Early Intervention services through their local public school district. 

An Early Intervention service coordinator will work with families of eligible children to make a plan for supporting each child’s growth and development.

Call 866.693.4769 to refer a child directly to Help Me Grow.

The Department of Education legislative report, Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Minnesota, is a summary of some of the efforts, data, and results of work from education-based agencies, departments, and individuals who serve deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students in Minnesota.

Assistance From Experts

Early childhood specialists work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need:

  • Special instruction and other services including speech, physical, and occupational therapy

  • Resources and activities to help children learn and grow

  • Connections to community supports and services

Early childhood specialists can help find community resources and early childhood programs for children who are not eligible for Early Intervention services.

Goal: All infants with hearing loss will receive appropriate early intervention services before 6 months of age (medical, audiologic, and Early Intervention).

Indicator 3.6: Percent of infants/children ages 0-3 with a reported confirmed permanent hearing loss (congenital or late onset) who were reported to be enrolled in Part C Early Intervention services

Annual percentages:

2015 - 58%

2016 - 70%

2017 - 69%

2018 - 51%