Early Intervention: The Missing Link

Researched and signed by Rachel Benedict. Produced by ASLized! English version is also available here.

British Sign Language is available here.
Korean Sign Language is available here.
Spanish version is also available here.

Benedict, B. (2010, July). Early intervention needs your involvement. Presentation given at National Association of the Deaf Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Hintermair, M. (2000). Hearing impairment, social networks, and coping: the need for families with hearing-impaired children to relate to other parents and to hearing-impaired adults. American Annals of the Deaf, 145(1), 41-54.
Sass-Lehrer, M. (2008, Mar.). Early Intervention for children Birth to 3: Families, Communities, & Communication. EHDI eBook Chapter 7.


Thursday, December 1st, 2011. Filed under: Education Genres Literature

12 Responses and Counting

  • Sandra 12.01.2011

    Some credit is due to Dr. Jackie Mendelsohn (she has since re-married and I forgot what her new last name is…)
    In 1991, Dr. Jackie gave a keynote speech at the IMPACT conference here in Fremont, CA and it was she who coined these words – identified rather than diagnosed and involvement rather than intervention. I have used her terms in my Deaf Culture class, etc.
    Job well done, Rachel Benedict!!

  • AWESOME,WOW, POSITIVE THINKING. It is about time keep up good work I love it. I will spread the words for you.

  • Congrats, Rachel. How can we help to make this video become an integral part of postgraduate medical training in all of the U.S. medical schools? Does it have voiceover? Should be open for public viewing nationwide!

  • This is an EXCELLENT presentation. WOW!!! How I wish I had had this when I first learned my child was deaf at age 11 months back 35 years ago! Fantastic! Bravo! My grandchild is deaf also but implanted with two CIs. So many problems over identity issues because of hearing family NOT wanting to acknowledge the child needs a deaf identity too. This was so excellent.

  • We got the same “Failed” hearing screening test for our oldest son… my husband Thomas gave the doctor/audiologist/specialist/whatever The Talk about using “failed”. The response we got was that she understood (hmph) but the system or lingo requires her to document as Pass or Fail. Yes, I agree this should be introduced in medical schools and any school for professionals in the field of audiology, even update equipment software and hardware to do away with “Pass/Fail”!

    I LOVED the video, how you presented the info and the graphics was fascinating. Great job!

  • Great video. It is important to keep expectations high for deaf children! They can do anything they set their mind to. I have 2 deaf sons, both very accomplished. Both went to college and one just got his MBA!

  • This is fantastic Rachel. I am going to share this with everyone. Keep it coming, more please (smile).

  • I am tempted to do this video in French and Dutch versions.

  • Excellent! From the team at seen to be heard UK. http://Www.primarysign.com http://www.facebook.com/PrimarySign

  • Wow, great video. Very thoughtful and moving.

  • Love this video. I really wish that there had been somebody, anybody, who had real-life experience with deafness when our son was identified as hard of hearing. It was such an unexpected shock, we had not the faintest clue what anything meant – and as first-time parents, we were generally overwhelmed and sleep-deprived! It would have been so nice to have someone – another parent, or a deaf or hard of hearing adult – be able to say, “don’t worry about it, I’ve been there, your baby is beautiful and everything is going to be fine.”

  • This is an awesome video. I remember when the audiologist told us our son was Deaf (well, she said severe to profoundly hearing impaired) and the immediate focus was how to “fix” him. Fortunately life led us to meeting a Deaf family with whom we became fast friends and I learned more about my son’s reality from them than from anyone else. Parents are often blamed for having a narrow, medical view of their child’s Deafness – thank you for acknowledging the experience we go through when our child is identified and that we are all trying to do the best we know how.

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