Resources: Tools for Improvement
Assure Care in a Medical Home
Engage Families as Partners
Connect to Community Resources
DHS Birth to 3 Program
Deaf Mentor Program (DMP)
Wisconsin Infant Statewide Hearing Aid Exchange Service (WISHES): WI amplification loaner bank for hearing aids and FM systems
Assure Change is an Improvement
AEIOu Project: Description of the Wisconsin Assessment of Early Intervention Outcomes Project
National Early Childhood Assessment (NECAP) Project: Powerpoint of outcome data from a large National Research Study that WI contributes to.
Assessment tools for kids under Age 3.
Continue Skill Building
Add a Wisconsin Sound Beginnings CARES Specialist to your IFSP Team.
Learn how Wisconsin Sound Beginnings can Support Birth to 3 Programs statewide.
Diagram of CARES Specialist services and supports for Birth to 3 Programs.
Sample Summary of Birth to 3 Program services with a CARES Specialist.
Request a child specific Birth to 3 Consultation from a D/HH Expert
Request a Birth to 3 Program In-service from a D/HH Expert
Link to a PowerPoint: Can You Explain My Child’s Audiological Report?
By K. Ditty and K. Clark
Glossary of Terms to talk about hearing, causes of hearing loss and hearing aid devices.
Hearing Aid Listening Check: A video designed for parents and other caregivers.
2016 Circles of Life Conference
April 21-22, 2016
Country Springs Hotel
Annual Statewide Professional Conference, specifically for professionals that work with children who are hard of hearing, deaf, deafblind, or deaf with additional disabilities. The conference offers professionals the opportunity to:
meet other professionals around the state
learn from nationally recognized presenters
participate in educational workshops that will impact students’ academic and social emotional programming
Staff from Birth to 3 Programs, Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Educational Interpreters, Early Childhood Educators, Special Educators, Speech Language Pathologists, Educational Audiologists, Pupil Services Staff and Administrators are encouraged to attend. Undergraduate and graduate level credits are offered for this event. Professionals who attend this conference are invited to join families for dinner at the Family Conference, which follows immediately after the conclusion of the Professional Conference.
“Parents, caregivers, professionals, and members of the Deaf community recognize the need for a greater number of qualified professionals and improved service provision”
- The National Agenda: Moving forward on achieving educational equality for deaf and hard of hearing students (2005)
"Oliver was fitted recently with an FM System, loaned to us by the WISHES Program. Our providers were skeptical because he was so young and attended a daycare, not a school setting where they are typically used. However, Oliver's daycare teachers were so excited to share the profound changes they witnessed in him. The first day that he accessed sound through the FM he went from communicating sporadically in 2 word phrases, to speaking in 4-6 word sentences. He went from looking at other children for cues to know what to do, to following directions because he can now hear them. He went from being quiet at circle time, to full participation. With the benefit from the FM System, he quickly turned into a confident little boy!"
- Alicia Boeme, Oliver's mother