In our Parent and Child Playgroups, children (aged 12 to 36 months) and their caregivers meet on the CEID campus for social interaction and organized educational activities designed to promote spoken language and sign language communication skills. Children learn to maximize the use of their amplification devices and improve their spoken and visual language and social skills through play. The class curriculum includes proficiency building in the areas of fine and gross motor skills; cognitive, social, emotional, language, and sensory development; and independence and self-help. Parents, while playing with their children, acquire techniques to help their children improve their communication skills; parents are encouraged to take the knowledge and techniques learned in class and apply them at home. In addition, parents in the class share their experiences and build a support network with other parents of children with special communication needs.
Children enrolled in the Parent and Child Classes may also receive home based services.
The following are the classes currently offered at CEID:
Deaf Blind Playgroup
- Focuses on communication techniques specific to deafblindness, including tactile signing and object communication.
- Acquire techniques to support your child’s cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
- Skill building sensory processing activities.
- Meets every other week for two hours
- If a child is already receiving Early Start services through regional center or a local education agency, the case manager or service coordinator should contact CEID to make a referral for specialized home visit instruction
- Individual needs and goals will be assessed to determine which class will best fit each child
- If a child has not yet been referred to Early Start services, please do this now! http://www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart/WhatsES.cfm.