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MedEd Connections Resource Guide: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH)

Where Can I Find Early Childhood Programs and Resources in Ohio?

BOLD Beginning!
BOLD Beginning provides early intervention services for children birth to age three. Early childhood serves children ages three to eight. BOLD Beginning coordinates Ohio’s system of multi-agency early childhood programs and services for children, families, and communities across the state. BOLD Beginning also includes information about developmental milestones. Milestones are skills or abilities that children are typically able to do by a certain age, such as talking and crawling. The way your child learns, plays, and behaves will provide clues about your child’s cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development. Developmental milestones are important because they can indicate whether or not your child would benefit from early intervention. If your child is having challenges with any of the milestones, consult your child’s pediatrician and consider contacting Early Intervention (EI) for support. Anyone can make a referral, including parents. EI will assist you with your child’s developmental skills.

Developmental Charts

The organizations listed below have developed charts that provide developmental stages/milestones in language development both signed and spoken.

CDC Know the Signs, Act Early Milestones resource provides information, videos, and apps to help you monitor your child’s development and take action if you are concerned.

Spoken and signed language milestones development chart can be used to monitor the progress of your child’s communication skills, whether that communication occurs as spoken English or American Sign Language (ASL).

Developmental norms for hearing and talking, including expressive and receptive communication provides information to help families monitor the progress of expressive and receptive spoken English skills. Expressive and receptive skills are the components of communication. Expressive means that your child is able to tell you what he or she wants, what he or she is feeling, or thinking. Receptive means that your child understands what you and others are trying to communicate.