Parent Infant Program

The Boston Parent Infant Program was established in 1985 to provide services to newly diagnosed Deaf and Hard of Hearing infants. Our comprehensive parent-centered program offers support and assistance to families during the critical first three years of a child's life.

Through weekly home visits and counseling, an Individual Needs Assessment is outlined, and a program is developed for the child and his/her family. The program offers a variety of services which include:

  • Auditory habilitation
  • Child development
  • Counseling
  • FM loaners
  • Full evaluation
  • Hearing aid management
  • Home visits
  • On-site playgroups
  • Parent groups
  • Sign language classes
  • Speech and language development

Our Services

Our services are delivered by certified Teachers of the Deaf with expertise in early childhood development and multiple disabilities. Families of children from birth to three years with a known or suspected hearing loss of any degree who live in Boston or surrouding communities may participate in the program.

We service children with mild to profound hearing loss, i.e., children who utilize:

  • Cochlear implants
  • FM auditory trainers
  • Hearing aids
  • Other specialized equipment

Our services are free of charge. Referrals are welcome from parents as well as the following agencies: Cochlear Implant Teams, Early Intervention Programs, Health Centers, and Hospitals.

Transition

Transition into pre-school settings include:

  • Oral/Aural classrooms
  • Sign supported classrooms
  • American Sign Language classrooms

In addition to substantially separate classrooms, we also offer opportuntites for students to participate in mainstream and inclusion classrooms.

Classroom settings are supported by experienced:

  • Educational Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Hispanic Liaison

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Lynne Graham O'Brien
Educational Audiologist

Debra Aviles
Parent Infant Coordinator


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