You and your family are starting on what might be unexpected, but an exciting journey, with your child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. With our resources, mentoring and coaching we will support you so that your child has the earliest possible access to language development and communication.
We understand that you may be experiencing many different emotions We believe that families who are involved and knowledgable are the key to creating a successful future for ALL children. We can assure you that your child will grow up to become a productive, independent member of society.
You are not alone. We are here to help you!
Lead-K Family Services is here for you and your family.
COVID-19 Update: Home visits and in person services may be impacted by COVID-19. Your local Early Start coordinator should discuss safe options such as video meetings. Call a doctor if you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. For more information go to covid19.ca.gov
Guiding The Young Generation To Success with LEAD-K
CA EHDI: LEAD-K Family Services Program has the following goals:
We Empower Parents of Deaf/HH Children
We provide comprehensive information and awareness through mentoring, networking, and resources. We honor families’ relationships with their child and promote language and communication opportunities. Families with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HH) children are connected to each other and to Deaf/HH adults so that families can envision positive outcomes for their child.
The Coping Process
ACCEPTANCE TO CELEBRATION
The birth of a baby is a wonderful reason for celebration. Ninety-five percent of babies who have been identified as Deaf or Hard of Hearing are born to hearing parents. Some parents may be unsure of what to do and what to expect for the future.
Our Parent Mentors
Family Deaf Coaching
Early Start Education
Information and Resources
Parent Resource Guide
Position Statement on Access to Language for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The Benefits of Bilingualism
Parents and Young Deaf Children Reading Together
Your child has a bright future
The Goals of California’s Newborn Hearing Screening are to provide Early Support & Language
In many ways your Deaf/HH child is like any other child. Your child will meet many milestones such as reaching for you and taking first steps. Your child will also be more visually acute. Your child will be more attuned to subtle movement. Your child’s gaze is attentive to details and your child’s brain is ready to absorb language. Communicate visually while you learn whether your child has the ability to access language auditorily. Your child can be multi-lingual by using American Sign Language (ASL) as their foundation language.