Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Resources & Forms
State Resources for Parents and Providers
Birth to Three supports families that have concerns about their children’s development. The mission of the Connecticut Birth to Three system is to strengthen the capacity of Connecticut’s families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities. Go to https://www.birth23.org/ for more information or to refer a child to Birth to Three.
The Child Development Infoline (CDI) supports children’s healthy growth and development starting from pregnancy. CDI is a specialized unit of United Way of Connecticut. Care coordinators are available to answer the phone Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm, except on holidays. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are returned promptly. This service is free and confidential, and with both multi-lingual and TTY capacity. To learn more about the Child Development Infoline, call 1-800-505-7000 or go to https://cdi.211ct.org/
The Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Connecticut's Medical Home Initiative are those children and youth, 0-21 years, who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and require health and related services beyond that required for children in general. For more information call Children Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000.
The Connecticut Newborn Screening Program (CT NBS) works to assure that every baby born in Connecticut receives a newborn screening (NBS) blood-spot test. The blood is sent to the state public health lab where it is tested for over 60 health problems. Those infants with abnormal screening results are promptly referred to a specialty treatment center for further evaluation and treatment when needed.
The American School for the Deaf (ASD) has been contracted by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to support families raising infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) navigate the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) System. ASD offers workshops, trainings, education, support groups and networking opportunities for families with DHH infants and children. ASD supports the EHDI program's effort to develop and improve a comprehensive and coordinated system of care so families with newborns, infants, and young children up to 3 years of age receive appropriate and timely services that include hearing screening, diagnosis, early intervention (EI), and family support. Call 860-570-2393 or go to www.asd-1817.org to learn about these free services.
National Resources for Parents and Providers
The Early Hearing Detection & Intervention - Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS) is a national directory of pediatric audiology facilities that offers services to children with a hearing loss, who are under five years of age.
The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management Utah State University (NCHAM) serves as the National Technical Resource Center for the implementation and improvement of EHDI systems. Their goal is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention.
Can Your Baby Hear? A Parent Guide to Newborn Hearing Screening. Click here for the Spanish version of the brochure. This brochure is for parents and explains the newborn hearing screening process, provides information and resources around hearing loss, and includes a checklist of age appropriate speech, hearing and behaviors.
Your Baby Needs: A CMV test and a Hearing Test. Click here for the Spanish version of this brochure. This brochure provides information and resources to parents whose baby did not pass the newborn hearing screening, including information on Cytomegalovirus (CMV) screening.
Family Plan of Care for Infants\Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. A tool for families to help them compile and share information about their child as it relates to their hearing loss. Parents can print this template and bring it to all medical appointments to record important health updates, as well as to share with providers. Print as needed.
Connecticut Infant Diagnostic Testing Locations. A list of audiology centers that have the specialized equipment and experience to conduct hearing testing in infants and children.
The Connecticut Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Task Force handout How’s My Child Doing? How Hearing, Language, & Speech Are Connected. A handout that gives families guidance on their child’s hearing, language, and speech through 3 years of age.
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