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Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind offers help for families during pandemic

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The Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind is offering parents help to connect them with resources during the coronavirus pandemic. ( Photo: Michal Jarmoluk via Pixabay)

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind is offering parents help to connect them with resources during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Baby Watch Early Intervention Program within the Utah Department of Health and USDB collaborate to help families of babies born with unique needs.

A timeline of developmental milestones, available on USDB's website, can help parents determine how their infants are progressing and whether they need life-changing early intervention.

"Missing the support during these critical years can cause long-term setbacks in a child’s development," USDB stated in a press release.

“When babies are born with unique needs in Utah, the Department of Health, doctors, audiologists, even families can refer families to let them know about many resources available," USDB Associate Superintendent Susan Patten is quoted in a press release. "USDB Parent-Infant Program Specialists give parents the resources and training necessary for their child to meet developmental milestones and explore their world with a vision and/or hearing loss. Families may be reluctant to reach out for help, not knowing that we can help them virtually or in-person while following all of the current pandemic health guidelines.

Vision and hearing are critical to a child’s development. We are here to ensure families can navigate through the world of having a child with a sensory loss.


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