Family Deaf Coaching
Deaf Coaches support families on their journey by sharing resources and life experiences.
Research shows children working with a Family Deaf Coach (Deaf Mentor)
(Watkins, S., Pittman, P., & Walden, B. (1998). The Deaf Mentor Experimental Project for young children who are deaf and their families. American Annals Of The Deaf, 143(1), 29-34.
Family Deaf Coaching
Deaf Coaching services are for families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing infants or young children under the age of 5. Your local Deaf Coach Agency contracts with school districts to provide Deaf Coach services to families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. A Deaf Coach works with the family in conjunction with the certified Teacher of the Deaf to support the language goals of the child and the family.
Contact your Local Deaf Coach Coordinator!
NorCal Deaf Coaches
NorCal Services for Deaf
and Hard of Hearing
Central California Deaf Coaching
The Family Deaf Coach can...
Work in a school setting
Teach how to request interpreters
Provide strategies for communication
Meet with the family (including extended family) weekly
Model the use of visual cues when interacting with the child
Help the child and the family develop positive attitudes about being Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Teach sign vocabulary and engage the family in sign language communication as requested
Share his/her experiences of growing up Deaf/HH and life as a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Person
Introduce the family to Deaf Culture
Introduce families to events in the Deaf Community
AND SO MUCH MORE
Qualifications of the Family Deaf Coach
Deaf Coaches are screened for their ability to communicate and develop rapport with families, and their comfort in interacting with young children. They are supportive of each family’s choice of communication and respectful of each family’s values.
Deaf Coaches, in addition to passing background checks, have completed a college education and/or have professional experience providing sign language instruction and working with children and families.
Benefits of Deaf Coach Services
Increase family communication at home
Support the child’s language development
Increase the family’s ability to support their child academically and emotionally
Be a resource to answer questions and consult on concerns