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Deaf Mentor & Parent Advisor Program

 
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The Deaf Mentor and Parent Advisor Program, through Tennessee Schools for the Deaf (TSD), is a statewide service that is dedicated to providing support to families with children who have hearing loss from birth to five. Providers are certified and trained in the SKI*HI model, a research-validated and evidence-based curriculum. The program provides support to parents, families, and the child(ren) in a variety of ways. There are two concurrent components to the program: Deaf Mentoring and Parent Advising.
 
What does a Deaf Mentor do?
 
  • Meet weekly for one hour with your family and your deaf / hard of hearing child
  • Teach visual communication / ASL to your family and child
  • Share experiences about growing up in a hearing world
  • Take your family and child to Deaf events & explore Deaf culture
  • Model natural communication with your child
  • Demonstrate storytelling, literacy, and learning opportunities
  • Encourage family members to communicate and advocate for themselves
  • Be a role model for families and their children
  • Attend monthly joint visits with your Parent Advisor so families can get the best of both worlds
 
 
 
What does a Parent Advisor do?
 
  • Meet weekly for one hour with your family and your child with hearing loss
  • Support your family and child with creating an accessible listening environment in the home 
  • Support your family through your journey of raising a child with a different hearing level
  • Offer resources and knowledge based on your family's communication preferences
  • Demonstrate storytelling, literacy, and learning opportunities in a spoken English format
  • Attend monthly joint visits with your Deaf Mentor so your family can have the best of both worlds
  • Empower parents to self-advocate and to advocate for their child
  • Support the family with Spoken English strategies to use during daily routines
 
 
 
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Are you interested in receiving Deaf Mentor & Parent Advisor services for your child and family?
Are you interested in becoming a contracted Deaf Mentor or Parent Advisor?
 
  • Please fill out our Intake Form.
  • You will be given program details and an opportunity to ask questions.
  • Please note that spots are extremely limited.
 
 
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Subscribe to our monthly "Meet a Deaf Professional" Webinars!
 
Families, please join TN Deaf Mentor & Parent Advisor Program on May 26th at 7:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm CST for the Meet a Deaf Professional Webinar
with special guest, Naima Boudreaux, who will discuss "Mental Health & Intersectionality".
 
If you did not receive an email with the Zoom link, please contact Briella Diaz at [email protected]
We hope to see you there!
 
 
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Amy Ferrell's personal testimony on how families benefit from participating in the
Deaf Mentor & Parent Advisor Program. 
 
Note: External Link (9:41)