The North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for the Hearing Impaired
Ruth Anne Everett, Director
The North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for the Hearing Impaired (ELSSP-HI) is a state funded direct service provider for young children ages birth to 5 years old and their families. Services for children and families are provided in all 100 counties in North Carolina by licensed staff that have specialized training to meet the unique needs of children who are hearing impaired. Services are provided in the children’s natural environments which may include their homes, childcare centers, and schools. The NC Early Learning Sensory Support Program for the Hearing Impaired empowers and collaborates with parents and families to help their children attain their life long goals through early learning opportunities. Our staff are dedicated to educating children, families, colleagues, and other service providers through their knowledge of hearing impairments. The majority of children served are infants and toddlers, ages birth to three. The ELSSP-HI provides direct and consultative services to LEAs and children ages three to five who are enrolled in Part B services.
For a child with an identified hearing loss, in accordance with House Bill 317, prior to transition from Part C to Part B services, a child with a hearing loss must have a communication plan. Teachers from the ELSSP-HI provide a long range language development plan to the LEA. These plans help promote a student’s growth in communication and language for increased access to grade level information, academic achievement and functional performance. These plans involve the determination of a child’s baseline language abilities, the comparison of same age typically developing children and strategies for closing language gaps.
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