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Need caption for photo of sleeping newborn baby Early Intervention: Before 6 Months

Improvement Strategies


 Build  family to family relationships

Standardize referral mechanisms (WE-TRAC to PPS)

 Use  a fax-back form to alert the Medical Home at the time of enrollment

Include the EHDI program in your disclosure agreement for release of information so that information can be shared

Integrate 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

Resources: Tools for Improvement

Assure Care in a Medical Home

Wisconsin EHDI Care Map

Referral Form that Includes Hearing Status

Prescription and Parent Consent (sample)

Engage Families as Partners

Babies & Hearing Loss: An Interactive Guide for Families

A Parent's Wish List for Early Interventionists

The Home Team: A Family-Centered Approach to Working with Newly Identified Babies Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and Their Families (Video)

Milestones of Communication

Connect to Community Resources

Wisconsin Families for Hands & Voices

DHS Birth to 3 Program

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf Mentor Program (DMP)

DMP Referral Form
DMP Family Form

Wisconsin Infant Statewide Hearing Aid Exchange Service (WISHES): WI amplification loaner bank for hearing aids and FM systems

WISHES Brochure for Families

Part B Eligibility Guidelines

Assure Change is an Improvement

AEIOu Project: Description of the Wisconsin Assessment of Early Intervention Outcomes Project

National Early Childhood Assessment (NECAP) Project

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.

Learn about the Function of the Ear

Hearing Aid Listening Check: A video designed for parents and other caregivers.

Training Opportunities

Local Calendar of Events

2018 Circles of Life Conference

May 3-4, 2018
Paper Valley Hotel
Appleton, WI

 Click Here to Register

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