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  SKI*HI Early Intervention

The SKI*HI Early Intervention Program at the Mississippi School for the Deaf provides early intervention services on a statewide basis to families of deaf and hard of hearing children ages birth to 4 years. Services are usually provided in the home during weekly home visits by a staff of parent advisors who have received training in the use of the SKI*HI Early Intervention Model for delivery of services. The SKI*HI Early Intervention resource manual contains information and activities for families on these topics:

* Early communication and interaction
* Audition
* Hearing Aids/Cochlear Implants
* Aural-Oral Language
* Sign Language
* Psycho-emotional support
* Other

Information is provided to parents on the use and care of hearing aids/cochlear implants; development of auditory skills; establishment of meaningful, two-way communication; and, the development of language skills.

Parents become active partners in the educational development of their child and make informed decisions regarding communication methodology and educational placement for their child.