Who We Serve
HSDC’s Parent-Infant Program (PIP) is a birth to three service providing free parental support and coaching for the families of Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing toddlers. Families in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties are eligible to receive services.
PIP uses a bilingual/bicultural approach that emphasizes language acquisition in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. While enrolled in PIP, families will develop their ASL skills to create a nurturing, language-accessible home for their Deaf or hard of hearing toddler.
What We Do
PIP Specialists travel to your household to engage you and your family in your natural setting. These home visits develop a child’s cognitive abilities and encourage their acquisition of essential language and literacy skills, while providing parents or caregivers with the skills they need to create a nurturing home for their Deaf, DeafBlind, or hard of hearing child. We use an evidence-based ASL-English bilingual approach that can be adapted to fit your family’s cultural and language needs.
Home visits are the core of our services, but PIP offers a variety of support for parents and families, including:
- Bilingual/bicultural Family Nights
- Parent support groups led by a professional counselor
- ASL/English playgroups for toddlers
- Celebrate Reading Nights
- Access to alternative early learning groups in Pierce and Snohomish Counties
- American Sign Language (ASL) instruction
- Preschool transition support
- Resource Library
PIP services are free for families in King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County. If you’d like to learn more, just get in touch. We’ll schedule an in-home evaluation and travel to your household to assess your family’s needs.
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Anna Dodd, MEd
Director of PIP, Parent-Infant Specialist
Savannah Hagwood, MA
Cassie Owens, MEd
Karen Philo-House, MEd