Specialized Providers and Services

Supporting Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Their Families
FRC and ESIT Services Provider: Specialized Providers and Services

Resources Section


Audiology Clinics for Infants (PDF)

Communicate with Your Child (PDF)
(Spanish) (Chinese) (Tagalog) (Korean) (Vietnamese)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources (Word)

Decision Guide to Communication Choices for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (PDF)

ESIT Practice Guide: Infants and Toddlers with Sensory Disabilities (PDF)

ESIT Practice Guide Pathways to Services (PDF)

ESIT Statewide Directory (PDF)

Hearing Tests for Children – What to expect before, during, and after your child’s hearing test (PDF)

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH): Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs (2019) (PDF)

Resource Notebook for Families of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (PDF)
(Russian) (Mandarin Chinese) (Somali) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)

Statewide Resources

Early Hearing Detection, Diagnosis, and Intervention (EHDDI) Program
Or call 1-888-WAEHDDI (1-888-923-4334)

Early Hearing Detection and Interventions – Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS)
Searchable national directory to help families, healthcare professionals, and state public health organizations to find pediatric audiology expertise for children ages birth to five.

Washington Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (CDHY)
A statewide resource committed to ensuring all deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington reach their full potential regardless of where they live or attend school.
Outreach Services Birth-5

Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)

Connects families of children who are hard of hearing ages birth to 3 with early support services in Washington State.

Washington Sensory Disabilities Services
Partners with schools, families, and agencies to support children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, or deafblind.

Washington State Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side™ (GBYS) Program
Provides free support and resources by trained Parent Guides.
425-268-7087 or email gbys@wahandsandvoices.org

WithinReach Help Me Grow Washington Hotline
Toll-Free: 1-800-322-2588
Email: childdevelopment@withinreachwa.org
Fax: 206-299-9146

National Resources

Hands & Voices: Family Leadership in Language & Learning (FL3) Resource Toolbox
Library of Hands & Voices resources to support families, parents, and caregivers of deaf or hard-of-hearing babies, toddlers, and young children identified through a newborn hearing screening. https://handsandvoices.org/fl3/resources/toolbox.html

Hear to Learn
Interactive resources in English and Spanish for parents and professionals who wish to learn more about listening and spoken language development.

National Center on Deaf-Blindness
Improving services, results, and quality of life for children and youth who are deafblind.

Sign It
Online curriculum for learning American Sign Language (ASL) for children under 36 months of age.


Gallaudet Research Institute (December 2005). Regional and National Summary Report of Data from the 2004 – 2005 Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet Research Institute, Gallaudet University.

Naarden Braun, K. V., Christensen, D., Doernberg, N., Schieve, L., Rice, C., Wiggins, L., Schendel, D., & Yeargin-Allsopp, M. (2015). Trends in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss, Intellectual Disability, and Vision Impairment, Metropolitan Atlanta, 1991–2010. PLOS ONE, 10(4), e0124120.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0124120 Copy

Shojaei E, Jafari Z, Gholami M. Effect of Early Intervention on Language Development in Hearing-Impaired Children. Iran J Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Jan;28(84):13-21. PMID: 26877999; PMCID: PMC4735612.

United States Government Accountability Office. https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-11-357.pdf