Building strong foundations for language and literacy and developing a love of learning begins early. Exposure to books and print can begin at birth, and parents' enthusiasm for reading is something children pick up at an early age. ELF is lead by a speech-language therapist and a sign language instructor who introduce parents and children to various books, songs and signs in a relaxed, accepting, and supportive atmosphere, with the intention of building the confidence and comfort level of all participants and creating a feeling of community and mutual support within the group.
ELF was created for parents with deaf and hard of hearing children, birth to age 2, but also welcomes deaf adults with hearing children, and parents with young children whose older children are deaf or hard of hearing. Early literacy is important for all: you need not be a DCS client to participate.
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