Parents are the key to their child's hearing loss journey.
Beginnings empowers parents, helping them face the challenges of hearing loss and find avenues for assistance that can lead to their child’s happy and successful adulthood.
ANNOUNCEMENT on 11/28/22:
It is with much sadness and only after much deliberation that we pause accepting any new referrals at this time. We've had an overwhelming number of new referrals in the last six months and, as we depend on grant funding and donations, we have not been able to meet capacity. We are working hard to submit new grant requests and donation requests so that we can hire more staff to serve all of the families in need. Until that time, we ask that you please submit your information which will be added to our waiting list. We will contact you as soon as we can move through each referral starting in early 2023. Families we're currently serving will continue to receive our support as normal.
Thank you for your trust in us and our desire to meet families of DHH children where they are. We believe that finding belonging for children and families is critical and we hope to be in touch very soon!
Here is a link to a page of resources, which we are continuously updating, that we hope will answer some of the questions you might have at this time.
How Can Beginnings Help Me?
We provide services to families and professionals around South Carolina. Beginnings SC is shining light on the impacts of hearing loss on children and their families. We are making the invisible visible.
- Proactive family interaction
- Communication and language skills
- Building on existing family strengths
- Individualized information for parents about their child
- Strategies for school success
- Referrals to other programs and supports
- Educational rights and procedures
- Parenting concerns
- Training modules for parents
- ASL for parents
- Deaf Advocacy Specialist (DAS) Program
- and more!
Your involvement has been invaluable to our family in educating the school about exactly what he needs to succeed.
I am so glad you all are in SC. I cannot tell you the relief I felt knowing there was an advocate available to call on when I felt cornered.
We have gotten more answers in the past
month since I first called you than we have in the past six years.
Anatomy of a Home Visit
Read about what happened at one of our home visits so you know what to expect when your Parent Education Specialist visits with you.
"It’s Monday and I have a home visit with a new family this week. A new 6-year-old boy, “Shawn,” who is starting to show signs of struggling to learn to read. This will be the Initial Home Visit, and it begins before my actual appointment time with the family. Here’s a summary..."
As an exciting part of our Parent Education and Awareness Program, we are also producing FREE Language Labs, which are words and activities used to fill in language gaps for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. You can use them like a checklist to make sure your child knows the words (spoken/signed/both) and understands the word/concept expressively (what they are saying/signing) and receptively (listening/signing comprehension). Share these with your families!
IEP Prep Home Visit
Take a sneak peek into a home visit where a mom learns about a recent evaluation and the possible IEP that will be developed by the IEP team. Ms. Catherine was about to go to her first IEP meeting for her son. Talk about overwhelming! Cara met with her at home and showed her what a typical evaluation report looked like and how that information would help create an IEP for her son.