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Badavas Parent Infant Program

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The Badavas Parent Infant Program (PIP) at The Learning Center for the Deaf serves deaf and hard of hearing children birth to age 3 who are enrolled in Early Intervention programs across the state of Massachusetts.

Our PIP program remains open and we are accepting new referrals during COVID-19. We have been successful in connecting with our families through remote and virtual consultations, playgroups and appointments.

Inside PIP

Support for Families

Parents, teachers, and children chatting in the classroom.

We provide support and training for both the deaf or hard of hearing and their family through a combination of:

  • Center-based playgroups
  • Home visits
  • Individual speech and language therapy sessions
  • Family discussion groups
  • ASL assessments

Access to Resources

Teacher talking to a student

We work with families to provide them with access to a variety of resources currently available to them. Common tools used to support PIP families include but are not limited to Family Language Planning, Reggio-based curriculum for playgroups, SKI-HI curriculum, and Visual Communication and Language (VCSL) ASL Assessments. 

Top 10 Tips: Teaching ASL in Virtual Settings for EI Families

LOS 10 CONSEJOS PRINCIPALES: ENSEÑANDO ASL EN AJUSTES VIRTUALES PARA FAMILIAS EI

Speciality Service Providers

A mother and toddler listening to teacher.

The PIP program staff includes three DPH-certified Speciality Service Providers (SSP) and one DPH certified Early Intervention Specialist (CEIS), a social worker,  Speech and Language Pathologist and counselor. Three members on our team also happen to be former PIP family members!

Support for Families

Parents, teachers, and children chatting in the classroom.

We provide support and training for both the deaf or hard of hearing and their family through a combination of:

  • Center-based playgroups
  • Home visits
  • Individual speech and language therapy sessions
  • Family discussion groups
  • ASL assessments

Access to Resources

Teacher talking to a student

We work with families to provide them with access to a variety of resources currently available to them. Common tools used to support PIP families include but are not limited to Family Language Planning, Reggio-based curriculum for playgroups, SKI-HI curriculum, and Visual Communication and Language (VCSL) ASL Assessments. 

Top 10 Tips: Teaching ASL in Virtual Settings for EI Families

LOS 10 CONSEJOS PRINCIPALES: ENSEÑANDO ASL EN AJUSTES VIRTUALES PARA FAMILIAS EI

Speciality Service Providers

A mother and toddler listening to teacher.

The PIP program staff includes three DPH-certified Speciality Service Providers (SSP) and one DPH certified Early Intervention Specialist (CEIS), a social worker,  Speech and Language Pathologist and counselor. Three members on our team also happen to be former PIP family members!

The Latest

A mother signing to her daughter.

Ready to inquire about joining PIP? The following checklist may be helpful to review required documents from your family and the Early Intervention agency.  Please Note: the Early Intervention service coordinator must send the following documents to the Parent Infant Program before the family can start services with PIP and EI’s approval.

  • Current IFSP with PIP services on the service grid
  • Most recent Battelle Developmental report
  • Most recent audiogram
  • Waiver from DPH for additional group time (if applicable)
     

Explore Your Early Learning Options

TLC has been a wonderful learning environment and community for my son. He has been part of the parent infant group and the new toddler program. He loves going to school! His language development has greatly improved because of TLC. The school has also supported our entire family by helping us learn sign language, meet other families, enjoy fun events, and learn more about Deaf culture. I’m so grateful that a school like TLC exists in our area.

Neena K.
Parent of PIP Student