Parent-Infant Program

Teaching Your Infant to Listen

Because of neuroplasticity, the first three years of a child’s life are the optimal years for brain development. With deliberate and optimal exposure to meaningful sound, we can change the brain and create new pathways for spoken language development. Developing auditory brain pathways is a crucial part of learning to listen and speak. This makes birth to three years of age the perfect time to start the Parent-Infant program at the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf.

Developing a Child’s Listening Skills

Our specialists hold personalized therapy sessions in the familiarity of your own home. With their help, you and your family will learn to turn everyday activities into learning opportunities for your child.

An early literacy specialist will visit twice a month to coach you on developing language through reading. These at-home sessions foster a natural language setting, bringing literacy to your child in a safe space. Specialists will use various techniques, including:

  • Optimal amplification
  • Auditory-verbal practice to develop listening and spoken language
  • Following natural stages of development for listening, speech, language and cognition
  • Coaching parents as language models and facilitators

During our weekly parent-infant playgroup, you can meet other parents with similar challenges, share information and resources, and start socializing your child in a hearing-sensitive environment.

The Parent-Infant program helps babies and toddlers flourish with an early auditory-verbal education.