Language Instruction Services for Children

DDHH Language Instruction Program: 

DDHH provides language acquisition and development services for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind children ages 0 – 5 as well as supports and resources to their families. Deaf adults fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) teach children and families ASL, and provide supports in their journey for full language development. Parents and families are engaged in the process to enhance the child’s learning experience. 

For more information, please download our Language Instruction Booklet (English) (Spanish). 

It is important for deaf or hard of hearing children to have access to early language exposure during the most critical years of brain development – birth to age 3 – to avoid irreversible delays in learning.

DDHH works with pediatricians, early invention specialists, pediatric audiologists, child care providers, and others in providing children, between the ages of 0 - 5 years old, with the tools needed for full language acquisition and development.

If your client or patient has a hearing loss and needs additional support, please reach out to us at DDHH.communications2@dhs.nj.gov or call us at 609-588-2648. You may also download our Language Instruction Booklet (English) (Spanish) to give to families in need of information.

In addition to our language instruction services, DDHH has a number of other programs and services to benefit children and families. Please see here

  • Families are matched with an ASL Deaf Language Associate to work with your family for up to 25 hours a week.
  • ASL Deaf Language Associates are screened and work through the local Child Care Resource and Referral Center. 
  • Language instruction services are available in childcare centers, pre-school programs, summer camps, in home settings, or other settings as applicable.

You may be eligible for The Language Instruction Program if you provide the following:

  • Proof of hearing loss such as a copy of the child’s audiogram.
  • Proof of the child’s age as being between the ages of 0 - 5 years old. 
  • Proof of New Jersey residency.
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