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  • This program provides an opportunity for participants and their families to enjoy!
    March 8, 2021
    This event occurs weekly on Monday between February 22, 2021 and March 29, 2021
  • This program provides opportunities for kids 10-14 to socially connect and interact with peers.
    March 8, 2021
    This event occurs weekly on Monday between February 22, 2021 and March 29, 2021
  • A virtual program that will open new opportunities for kids to participate in STEM.
    March 8, 2021
    This event occurs weekly on Monday between January 25, 2021 and March 8, 2021
  • Body weight exercises and games with peers, 10 min stretch at the end
    March 9, 2021
    This event occurs weekly on Tuesday between January 12, 2021 and March 30, 2021

Infant Hearing Program

For information about Infant Hearing Screening please click here.


Infant hearing audiology services identifies the presence, nature and severity of hearing loss.

If a permanent hearing loss is identified, ErinoakKids audiologists can also prescribe and fit hearing aids to amplify speech sounds in order to make the most of the child’s remaining hearing.

 

Referral Criteria

  • Infant Hearing Program (IHP) audiology services focus on identification and treatment of permanent hearing loss and are provided only for children who meet IHP referral criteria (i.e. not all children who require audiological assessment are eligible to receive it through the IHP)
  • Children are eligible for Infant Hearing program diagnostic audiology assessment if they:
    • have no risk factors and receive 'Refer' result on Stage 2 infant hearing screening
    • have one or more identified risk factors and receive 'Refer' result on Stage 1 or Stage 2 hearing screening
    • receive a 'Refer' result at any one of the four surveillance intervals
  • Children 4-24 months with a suspected hearing loss who received and passed newborn hearing screening should be referred to a non-IHP audiologist for hearing assessment. If the child has a suspected or confirmed permanent hearing loss (as determined by an audiologist), referral to the IHP should be initiated
  • Children who have recently moved to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Central West Region of Ontario may be referred to the IHP if they are between 0-6 years of age with an identified permanent hearing loss
  • Children identified with a permanent hearing loss are eligible for ongoing audiology services (e.g. re-assessment, hearing aid fitting and evaluation) through the IHP
A referral is required to access this service:  For community/hospital-based audiologists, please click here.
 

Language Development Services Available through ErinoakKids Infant Hearing Services:

The Infant Hearing Program (IHP), funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, provides language intervention services for children identified with a Permanent Hearing Loss (PHL). The goal of this service is that children will develop one language (spoken or signed) to the best of their ability by the time they enter school. Two language development options are available:

Spoken Language Services

Spoken language involves listening to the spoken language of others and learning to use speech sounds, words and sentences to communicate. English and French are the spoken languages supported by the IHP.  A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) will work with your child to help develop spoken language. He/She will also teach you ways to help your child develop spoken language.  The SLP will regularly measure your child’s progress and work with other professionals on your child’s team to help you make the best decisions about services for your child.

Signed Language Services

Signed language combines hand shapes, face movements, body movements, and other grammatical features to form signs and sentences. American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) are the signed languages supported by the IHP.  An ASL/LSQ Consultant will work with your child to help develop signed language. He/She will also teach you ways to help your child develop signed language. The ASL/LSQ Consultant will regularly measure your child’s progress and work with other professionals on your child’s team to help you make the best decisions about services for your child.

Referral Criteria

  • Available for children from birth to school entry
  • Registered with the Central West Infant Hearing Program and has been diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss
  • Reside in the Central West Region of Ontario (Halton, Peel, Waterloo, Guelph-Wellington, or Dufferin)
A referral is required to access this service:

Did you know?

Did you know that occupational therapists support their clients in the development and maintenance of independent skills within all areas of work, play and personal care both at home and in the community?

Read about Occupational Therapy at ErinoakKids
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