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Are you the parent of a Deaf/Hard of Hearing child?

27 Oct

Is your child age 5 or under? If so you can take a FREE 6 week ASL course which offers more than just learning a few basic signs.

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What is LEAD?

In DHHSC services on July 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

By Cheryl Parreira, Coordinator of Client Services, DHHSC – Merced Outreach Office

LEAD THE WAY TO SUCCESS is funded by First 5 Merced County since 2002.

What does LEAD mean?

L = Learning Signs

E = Empowering Parents and

A = Advocating for

D = Deaf and Hard of Hearing children

Since First 5 Merced County funded this program, we have offered FREE 6-week ASL courses including ASL Storytelling, Early Intervention services and Advocacy for the parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children aged 0 to 5 living in Merced County.

The 6-week courses meet once a week to watch DVDs to learn 100 basic ASL signs and do fun activities while learning ASL. The ASL Storytelling includes reading stories while using ASL, non-manual markers like facial expressions, and bringing the characters to life.

Our Early Intervention and Advocacy services for the Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing includes positive parenting training, communication reinforcement, and Advocacy at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings.

LEAD services are offered to parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and caregivers who want to learn sign language to communicate with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.

Research shows that learning sign language can help whether a child is Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Hearing. It can:

  • Reduce frustration and tantrums
  • Enhance speaking, spelling and reading skills
  • Increase a baby’s vocabulary and may even increase IQ
  • Increase bonding with parents and families
  • Allow babies to communicate long before they can speak – some before 9 months of age.

If you want to receive LEAD services such as the Baby Signing Time classes, the child needs to live in Merced County.

If you have any questions to ask or need more information, please contact Cheryl Parreira, Coordinator of Client Services, Merced DHHSC office at (209) 230-9910 V/VP or email Cheryl at CherylP@dhhsc.org.