This is a new generation of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Babies can now be identified at birth and begin wearing hearing aids while still in the crib. Babies with severe to profound losses receive cochlear implants at younger ages–twelve months and below! These babies and their families urgently need training to use this new technology. At Tucker Maxon School, a collaborative, family-centered approach develops a child’s listening and spoken language abilities while supporting the family in providing a language-rich environment at home.The years from birth to three are critical for babies as they learn to listen to the world around them. What parents and their baby do now will impact the development of listening, talking, and even reading later on.
Tucker Maxon offers a wide range of services for infants and toddlers and their families:
- Meet weekly with local families at home or at school, or through tele-intervention for out-of-area families
- Help the family use daily activities and routines to teach their child
- Help parents maintain consistent access to sound for their child by establishing full-time hearing aid or cochlear implant use
- Provide the child with early and specific education in auditory learning and spoken language to set the stage for reading and academic achievement
- Guide the family to become comfortable advocating for what they believe is best for their child
If your baby has been diagnosed with hearing loss, what should you do next? Call the Tucker Maxon School at 503.235.6551. We would be happy to talk with you about your baby. Come and visit our school. We are here to answer your questions, and show you how we can help you begin this journey.
School district contracts are welcome as well as private enrollment. For families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing enrolling privately, financial assistance is available based on demonstrated need. The first three months of Tucker Maxon’s Early Intervention Program is provided at NO COST to families.
Tele-intervention services for families that live out of the area are provided at NO COST for the first six weeks of enrollment.