Parents have voiced a strong need to connect with other parents, both at the time of diagnosis as well as throughout their child’s educational years. Linking parents with other parents can be an empowering experience for all involved through the sharing of personal stories, experience, expertise, and advice. Parents can offer unique support to one another that no professional can offer. By connecting with other parents you will learn how other parents reacted to the diagnosis of their child’s hearing loss, as well as what they found helpful for coping during this time. You will also learn what they have found to be helpful to them when faced with some of the daily challenges of raising a child with a hearing loss. Parents have much to offer one another in terms of their successes, as well as their fears, and can many times offer tips for working with professionals.
While parent to parent support is an essential resource for many, if not most, families affected by early childhood hearing loss, every parent has unique circumstances that shape their perceptions and choices they make for their child and family. These choices may vary and differ greatly from the choices you make for your child and family – and that’s absolutely okay. It’s important to remember that the distinctive nature of your family – configuration, cultural considerations, beliefs, values, emotional reactions, coping styles, family dynamics and other issues – plays a role in how you choose to access resources, and which services and support you feel will be most beneficial to your family.
The following statewide programs offer formal support to families of children with hearing loss in Texas: