The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is designed for parents of deaf babies and young children from 0-3 years of age (that could be extended due to the gap in early detection). Family-based Early Intervention is a foundation which will determine greatly how the child’s future will be in means of personality, language development, and academically. It also determines the child’s self-esteem, independence, and level of integration into society. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) aims at providing to the family:
1. Full moral and psychological support (by interventionist and Support team and especially among families through the Support Group and other activities)
2. Information that is ought to help them be their child’s best advocate (by interventionist, EIP support team, resources, contact with other parents, deaf adults, other professionals, etc.).
3. The possibility to develop the skills that they need to provide to their child the best language learning opportunities, as well as to enhance his/her general development (instructed by interventionist, the support team, and through the John Tracy Clinic lessons as well as joint activities).
4. Guidance that helps parents communicate their child’s needs and interests with other professionals, decide for the most suitable mode of communication which they are ready to enhance, and make a choice of school that responds to their child’s needs (guided by the interventionist and the support team who seek information and guide the family while gradually helping them make their own search and confidently intervene with related professionals).
More details on the Early Intervention Program