Parent Distance Education
In addition to our onsite programs, North Light Center offers Parent Distance Education Courses. This program provides an opportunity for parents of children ages birth to seven with hearing loss to independently pursue language learning with their children according to their own pace and specific interests. Course materials cover exploring listening, building language, developing speech and enjoying learning. Enrolled parents may also access experienced educators and receive individualized suggestions. Courses are available in Thai.
Available Courses: North Light Center currently offers three Parent Distance Education Courses tailored to the stages of early childhood development and specific associated language needs. These materials emphasize listening and spoken language but can be adapted for any communication approach including sign language.
Mini Course: Designed for use by families in the first few years after identification of their child’s hearing loss, this course summarizes initial information, provides considerations for decision making and gives suggestions on support. It has separate sections about hearing loss, communication and parent roles. Extended learning ideas help parents recognize what they know, consider how they feel and identify steps they wish to take.
Baby Course: Geared toward infants and toddlers (i.e., birth to two), this course discusses early hearing loss, infant-toddler development, parent-child communication and learning through play. Suggestions are given for emphasizing communication through natural routines. Parents can choose specific ideas to encourage beginning language and auditory learning.
Preschool Course: Developed with preschoolers in mind (i.e., ages two to seven), this course provides parents with tools to foster language growth and facilitate family interactions. Modules discuss communication, thinking and social development. Suggestions are given for activities to encourage language, listening and speech. Parents choose ideas that fit their child’s developmental level and their family’s current concerns.
Access to Live Resources: Parents using our Parent Distance Education Courses will have access to Learning Support, a team of parent educators and hearing loss specialists who provide personalized guidance and individualized suggestions.
Enrollment : To enroll in Parent Distance Education Courses please contact North Light Center at 02-271-4455. The courses are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children who are age birth to seven. If your child with hearing loss is older than seven years, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org We will arrange an appropriate program for children who are elementary school age.