Parent Toolkit Library

Section 06 – Communication ConsiderationsCollection of articles on important topics like technology, listening fatigue, etc.
Section 07 – Hearing Losses and ConditionsShort write-ups on specific losses and conditions.
Section 08 – AdvocacyHow to become an effective advocate and encourage your child to self-advocate.
Section 09 – TransitionsA must read for important transitions like kindergarten and middle school.
Section 10 – Funding and SupportsPossible funding sources and how to choose specialized providers (e.g., PUF).
Section 11 – Keeping TrackTips on keeping track and organizing important information and documents.
Section 12 – ResourcesList of Alberta, national and international resources and organizations.
Section 05 – Communication BasicsThe different communication methods, information on decision-making and who makes up your support team.
Section 04 – Hearing BasicsEar anatomy, types and causes of hearing loss and how hearing is assessed.
Section 03 – After DiagnosisArticles on coping with emotions, parenting strategies and where to find support.
Section 02 – What’s InsideDescribes what’s inside and how to start using the toolkit.
Section 00 – PreambleToolkit contributors and table of contents.
Section 01 – IntroductionIntroduces Alberta Hands & Voice and the Guide by your Side Program.
Transitioning to a Cochlear Implant with CARTPersonal account of transitioning from hearings aids to a cochlear implant while in school.
Travel InformationConsiderations for teens and young adults when they begin to travel independently.
Types of Hearing LossDefines the different types of hearing loss: conductive, mixed, sensorineural.
Unilateral Hearing LossConsiderations if your child has been diagnosed with any type of unilateral hearing loss.
Early Communication and Visual AttentionHow to enhance and encourage good communication stategies for all communication methods.
What Can My Child Hear?How to describe, understand and share what your child is hearing.
SpeechreadingFactors that impact and facilitate speechreading.
Sports and Other Extracurricular ActivitiesAlso includes answers to common questions about swimming lessons.
Teacher In-Service: InterpretersInformation for teachers on an interpreter’s role in the classroom.
Teacher In-Service: TechnologyHow to create materials for teachers on hearing loss and technology (e.g., FM systems).
TinnitusShort article on children with tinnitus or decreased tolerance/sensitivity to sound.
Resources – Complete ListList of provincial, national and international organizations and agencies.
Provincial ResourcesList of Alberta agencies and organizations for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Reading Books with Young ChildrenHow to promote early literacy, including a list of books with characters with hearing loss.
Program Unit Funding (PUF)What PUF is and who qualifies.
Post-Secondary and Career InformationTo help teens and young adults make decisions and set goals.
Mild Hearing LossInformation on a loss that often leads to uncertainty and questions.
National ResourcesList of national agencies and organizations for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Oral BilingualismA must read if you are considering enrollment in an immersion program.
ParentingA collection of articles, including parenting strategies and what to consider for siblings.
Individualized Program Planning (IPP)An adapted guide to help you understand the IPP process.
International ResourcesList of international agencies and organizations for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Interpreting AgenciesList of freelance interpreting agencies and organizations that offer classes.
Selecting PUF and FSCD ProvidersQuestions to ask when interviewing potential specialized service providers.
Middle School TransitionsHow to prepare for transitions, including the big step to middle school.
Consistent Use of Hearing DevicesWhy it is important for a child to consistently wearing their hearing devices.
Toolkit IntroductionPLEASE READ. Includes the table of contents and gives an overview of the toolkit content.
Guide to Getting Ready for KindergartenA comprehensive guide on how to prepare and navigate your way through kindergarten.
Kindergarten Placement ChecklistWhat to consider when choosing a preschool or kindergarten.
Language-Rich EnvironmentsHow parents can create language-rich environments to facilitate learning.
Lending LibraryItems available to borrow from Alberta Hands & Voices.
Listening FatigueHow to deal with listening fatigue as children with hearing loss expend more energy listening.
Incidental LearningAbout the importance of indirect or unplanned learning such as overhearing.
How We HearThe anatomy of the ear and how we hear.
Keeping Hearing Devices On Your ChildTips for keeping hearing devices on your child to ensure consistent use.
Hearing EvaluationsThe basics on how hearing is tested.
Hearing Assist DogsIs a Service Dog a good fit for your family?
FundingList of possible funding sources/organizations and guidelines to the application procedure.
First Job ConsiderationsFirst job considerations for teens and young adults with hearing loss.
Education and EmploymentArticles for teens, including first job considerations and post-secondary education.
Emotional CopingTwo articles about addressing and coping with difficult emotions after diagnosis.
Disability RightsActs in Alberta and Canada that protect rights for individuals with disabilities.
Decision-Making GuideComprehensive communication method guide for families to help with decision making.
Deaf PlusThe education of children with hearing loss and other conditions or challenges.
Counselling SupportList of Alberta resources if in need of counselling or support.
Communication OptionsInformation about the different communication methods.
Causes of Hearing LossAnswers to questions about the causes of hearing loss.
CART in AlbertaCommunication Access Realtime Translation (CART).
Socialization and Prevention of BullyingConsiderations to prevent and deal with bullying behaviours.
Bad Hearing DaysA perspective on why it seems more difficult to hear some days than others.
Auditory NeuropathyA short overview of Auditory Neuropathy/Dyssynchrony Spectrum Disorder (ANSD).
Assistive TechnologyA summary of available assistive technology (AT) for children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL)Information about the Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program.
Advocating for Sign Language Interpreting ServicesQuestions and answers about advocating for interpreting services.
Advocacy StrategiesSome tips to help you effectively advocate for your child.   
Advocacy Self-InventoryInformal Inventory of Independence and Self-Advocacy Skills for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students.