The Parent-Infant Program (PIP) at Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center serves deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children and their families living in Seattle and the King, Pierce and Snohomish county areas.
Established in 1952, our nationally recognized program utilizes a bilingual American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken/written English approach.
Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, a world-renowned cognitive neuroscientist and a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, commented on early exposure to multiple languages:
“It’s almost as if the monolingual child’s brain is on a diet and the bilingual child’s brain stretches to the full extent and variability that Mother Nature gave it to use language and exploit human language.” 1
Best of Both Worlds
Our mission is to educate and empower families to communicate with confidence. We provide early intervention services and opportunities specializing in working with families of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children from birth to age 3. We utilize a bilingual education approach with American Sign Language (ASL) and English to instill early, unrestricted access to language because timing is critical. We work with families to establish early communication and strengthen bonding. Our services are provided in a family’s natural setting to develop a child’s cognitive abilities and encourage acquisition of world knowledge using materials and toys at the homes and in the community. Providing infants and children with hearing loss early access to language builds a foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Our services include: Home visits, Parent Education & Support Groups, Celebrate Reading Nights, Bilingual Kid’s Club Playgroups, American Sign Language (ASL) instruction, the nationally recognized Shared Reading Project, and a Resource Library.
1 (source: Gallaudet Today: The Magazine, Spring 2012)