Parent Infant Program

Early intervention, family-centered programs for children ages 0-5 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired, free of charge. 

About

FSDB offers early intervention and outreach services, separate from the programs run on the school campus, because of a strong commitment to the needs of families and children with hearing and vision concerns across the state.

The FSDB Parent Infant Program offers statewide early intervention, family-centered opportunities free of charge for children ages 0-5 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. A specialized team of trained professionals – who serve as parent advisors – provide individualized services in the family’s home and during daily routines, in the child’s natural environment.

 

The Parent Infant Program within the FSDB Parent Services Department works collaboratively with the Florida Department of Education, the Early Steps Program/Florida State Department of Health, and the Division of Blind Services/State of Florida.

Referral

Know a family that needs our services? Download and submit your referral with the form below.

Programs

Early Intervention for

Deaf/HH

Early Intervention for

Blind/VI

Toddler

Program

Early Learning

Center

We believe that when parents are empowered, success will follow respecting that success is individual and looks uniquely different for each family.

Early Intervention

for Deaf/hh

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 who has received specialized training in working with families who have infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through regular home visits, the Parent Advisor addresses family concerns and helps to determine goals and priorities.

 

This program focuses on language development, communication options, understanding hearing aids/cochlear implants, child development, and transitioning into a school system. The program uses the internationally known SKI-HI curriculum, which supports families by offering unbiased information. Project INSITE curriculum meets the needs of young children with vision impairments and multiple disabilities (including hearing loss) and their families by providing strategies to foster their development

Together families, caregivers, and parent advisors 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.

 

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

Early Intervention

for Blind/VI

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

Families are paired with a certified Parent Advisor who has received specialized training in working with families who have infants and young children who are blind/vision impaired. Through regular home visits, the Parent Advisor addresses family concerns and helps to determine goals and priorities.

 

The program focuses on learning through the senses, orientation and mobility, communication skills, developmental skills, and transitioning into a school system. We use the VIISA curriculum which includes acquiring a wide range of skills and concepts that work for the child and family, as well as information about resources and support services. Project INSITE curriculum meets the needs of young children with vision impairments and multiple disabilities (including hearing loss) and their families by providing strategies to foster their development

 

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

The Parent Infant Program within the FSDB Parent Services Department works collaboratively with the Florida Department of Education, the Early Steps Program/Florida State Department of Health, and the Division of Blind Services/State of Florida.

 

Toddler Program

For families who are local to St. Augustine, FSDB offers a center-based Toddler Program on the school campus for parents of children 18 months to 3 years. Through the Toddler Program, little ones and their parents are provided opportunities to socialize, interact, and begin to experience the world of a school environment with full language accessibility (spoken and signed) from degree educators who serve as Deaf role models. Parents of children in the Toddler Program often choose to continue with FSDB on campus programing by applying for admission to the Early Learning Center.

 

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

—  Nayeli, Mom

upcoming Trainings

SKI-HI 2020

Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2020 & Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2020 | St. Augustine, FL

VIISA B-3

March 27-28, 2020 & May 15-17, 2020 | St. Augustine, FL

INSITE

October 16-18, 2020 & November 13-15, 2020 | St. Augustine, FL

FAQs

How do I start working with an in-home Parent Advisor?


Call or email our Referral Hotline to provide us with your contact information and we will follow up with you.




How can I refer a family to the Parent Infant Program?


Download the referral form here and submit it via fax or email.




Is my child eligible for the Parent Infant Program?


If you have concerns regarding your child's vision or hearing status, please contact us. We do have eligibility criteria for our program, but would love the opportunity to discuss your concerns and either send a Parent Advisor to come visit you or refer you to someone else who can help.




If I participate in the Parent Infant Program, does my child automatically attend FSDB for school?


No. Qualifications for the Parent Infant Program are not the same as eligibility for school at FSDB. To apply for admission at FSDB please click here.




Is there a fee for services from FSDB?


All FSDB services, including the Parent Infant Program's services are provided at no cost to families.




How do I become a Parent Advisor?


If you are certified in SKI-HI, VIISA, or INSITE and are interested in becoming a Parent Advisor, please send a resume and letter of interest to Kim Carr - VI (carrk@fsdbk12.org) or Jennifer Cato - DHH (catoj@fsdbk12.org)




How do I register for SKI-HI, Insite, or VIISA training?


View the upcoming trainings listed below and click on the link to register. Or contact us 904-827-2232 or 904-827-2437 to learn more about our upcoming trainings.




How can we attend the Toddler Program?


To participate in the Toddler Program, you must first be qualified for and register with the Parent Infant Program. Please call Jennifer Cato at 904-827-2437 or email at catoj@fsdbk12.org to register.





Meet our team

Director for the blind/Visually Impaired

Kim Carr

Kim Carr, Director of Early Intervention for the Blind and Visually Impaired at FSDB, has worked in the education field as an Early Childhood Educator since 2001 and in the field of Early Intervention for children with visual impairments since 2006. She has over 17 years of experience working with young children and their families in the classroom and in the home environment. Kim’s desire is that children are taught the skills they need to succeed and to develop confidence and independence.

Certificate, Visual Disabilities Early Intervention, Florida State University

Master of Arts, Educational Leadership, University of North Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education, University of Central Florida

Contact

PH: 904-827-2232

Contact

PH: 904-827-2437

VP: 904-201-4581

Director for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Jennifer CAto

Jennifer Cato, Director of Early Intervention for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at FSDB, has worked in the field of Deaf Education since 2001. She has focused her career on involvement with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Jennifer has more than 17 years of experience in early education. She has worked as an in-home provider for early intervention and literacy programs as well as in early childhood group settings and preschools with children who are deaf/hh. Jennifer is passionate about empowering parents to recognize the essential role they play as their child's first teacher.

Certificate, Infant Toddler Development, University of Central Florida

Master of Arts, Special Education, University of Central Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Deaf Education, MacMurray College

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