Parent Infant Program – The River School

For parents and their young children (birth – three) with hearing loss


language development

Reading Strategies

It's never too early to start reading books to your little ones, but where to start? It's not uncommon for parents to feel intimidated by the idea of reading to an infant or toddler, especially one with hearing loss. Below... Continue Reading →

Developing Early Speech

Does your child drop final sounds in their words? Does your child substitute sounds in words (‘doddy’ for ‘doggy’)? Is your child nonsensically babbling with a few real words here and there? If so, these are all a normal part... Continue Reading →

The Art of Sabotage

Using sabotage can be a valuable strategy for expanding your child's expressive language skills. What is sabotage exactly? Here is some more info on the art of sabotage and some tips and tricks for using sabotage at home with your little... Continue Reading →

Let’s Go For a Walk!

Spring is here! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and your child is ready to explore! The best way to promote your child's language is to talk/sign with them and expose them to a wide variety of concepts and experiences.... Continue Reading →

Reinventing Routines as Language Opportunities

Doing the Laundry - Prepositions (IN/OUT/UNDER) Using your kiddo (or a stuffed animal) put them IN the basket and take them for a short ride! Tell your child “IN! You are IN the basket! Ready, set (pause), go!” Take your child... Continue Reading →

SPRING into Spring!

Spring is finally here! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and we are spending more time outside with our little ones. Here are some fun ways to incorporate language and listening into your springtime activities: Activities: Pretend Play:... Continue Reading →

Sensory Exploration: Seeing, Smelling, Squishing

Do you ever wonder why everything ends up in the mouth of your little one? Or why it seems like a bath is needed after almost every mealtime? Young children learn about their world by exploring it with their senses.... Continue Reading →

Getting to Know You

We are happy to welcome returning and new families to the Parent-Infant Program! Meeting new people is something your child experiences on a daily basis. The following are some ways to help promote the development of social skills and encourage... Continue Reading →

Rephrase, Repeat, Expand!

Your child is beginning to use their words and tell you what they want—how exciting! Now is the time to foster your child’s development of language as they are gaining confidence in their voice. Here are some tips and tricks... Continue Reading →

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