Family Sign Language Program

Offering in-home sign language instruction for families of children who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

A bit about our program...
  • It is available for New Hampshire families of children ages birth - 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Classes are taught in-home by specially trained Deaf or Hard of Hearing Mentors.
  • Each session typically consists of 8 weeks of 2-hour classes. Families usually receive 2 sessions.
  • We follow a nationally recognized curriculum designed specifically for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • This is a unique opportunity for families to improve communication skills and encourage family cohesiveness.
  • Classes are available at no cost to families in conjunction with Early Intervention Services or your local school district.
  • This program is funded through The New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and participating local school districts.

How to join the program...

Families of Children Birth to Age 3

Families of infants and toddlers can obtain Family Sign Language services in cooperation with their Area Agency Family Centered Early Supports and Services. Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services works with the New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services to provide services at no cost to families. Eligibility for the program is determined by the Part C evaluation process needed for all children requiring early supports and services. Infants and young children birth to age three who are diagnosed or at risk for hearing loss are eligible. Interested families should contact their local Area Agency or NDHHS for more information about eligibility. 

Families of Children Ages 3 to 21

Families of school aged children ages 3 - 21 who are deaf and hard of hearing may be eligible to receive Family Sign Language services in cooperation with their local school district at no cost to the family. This is most often provided through services indicated on the child’s IEP or through a separate contract with the school district. Family Sign Language Instruction may be a service provided to families under federal IDEA provisions for supports to families of children with a disability by “helping parents to acquire the necessary skills that will allow them to support the implementation of their child's IEP or IFSP." (34CFR300.34)

Why participate in the Family Sign Language Program?

  • Early communication is critical to a child's language development.
  • Parents are the first language models for children.
  • Help build effective communication in the family.
  • Good communication in the family is an essential factor in building a foundation for positive self-esteem, self-confidence and success in school.
  • Families can reinforce skills learned at school.
  • Its fun!!

Feel free to contact us at Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services 
for more information or a referral form!

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