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Early Intervention for D/HH

Encouraging early connection, communication and language development between caregiver and child within the natural environment.

About

FSDB provides a statewide early intervention program as an outreach initiative for families of children with hearing concerns.

Families are paired with a certified Parent Advisor (PA) who has received specialized training in working with families who have infants and young children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Through regular visits, the PA addresses family concerns and helps to determine goals and priorities.

 

Together families, caregivers, and PAs share information, discuss ideas and adaptations, and monitor the child’s progress. This program enhances the family’s ability to assist their child in becoming a participating family member and a part of the larger community.

 

We respect and support any communication methods that work for the child and family.

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We focus on language development, communication options, understanding hearing aids/cochlear implants, child development, and transitioning into a school system. 

services

  • Monthly newsletter

  • Host Family Forward support group events bi-monthly.

  • Host Regional events for the entire family such as park days, zoo trips, and Chick-fil-a dates.  

Referral

Know a family that needs our services? You can submit your referral electronically!

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Lewis, Deaf Child

“The Parent Infant Program has helped us to see him as normal. With his hearing aids and therapies, he will be fine and able to do all things.” 

 

—  Nayeli, Mom

FAQs

  • How many students attend FSDB?
    FSDB serves 975+ students each year through statewide parent-infant/family programs, a Montessori-based Pre-K early learning center and K-12 elementary, middle, and high schools on its campus.
  • What kind of transportation is available for students?
    Students in the Boarding Program receive bus service to and from their hometown on weekends and holidays. Students living in the local area are transported to and from home on a daily basis. Local families also have the option of transporting their children between school and home.
  • What kind of after school activities are available at FSDB?
    FSDB provides diverse extracurricular opportunities for student participation in athletics, clubs and activities, performing arts programs, and recreational activities that take place in state-of-the-art facilities. Students also take part in athletic and academic competitions with public and private schools in Florida and at other deaf and blind schools across the country. Academic and athletic teams at FSDB hold national championship titles and regional awards.
  • What is the average class size at FSDB?
    FSDB maintains small class sizes to allow teachers to meet each student’s specific needs. At the elementary level, the classes average between six to eight students. At the middle school level, the average class size is eight students. At the high school level, the average class size is 10 students.
  • My child has cochlear implants. Can s/he attend FSDB?
    Many students who attend FSDB use hearing aids and cochlear implants to maximize use of residual hearing.
  • What services are available for children from birth to age six?
    Learn more about Parent Services programs, including our Early Learning Center and statewideParent Infant Programs.

Programs

In Home

Early Intervention for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children

Birth to Age 5

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Early Intervention for

Deaf/HH

In Home

Early Intervention for Blind/Visually Impaired Children

Birth to Age 5

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Early Intervention for

Blind/VI

On FSDB Campus

for Deaf/HH

Children

 

18 months to Age 3

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Toddler

Program

On FSDB Campus for Deaf/HH

and Blind/VI

Children

Age 3 to Age 5

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Early Learning

Center

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