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Birth To Three

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  • Birth-To-Three Update

    To our ASD and Birth-to-Three Families,

    Your health and well-being is very important to us. We understand there is fear and risk around the Coronavirus, and you may have questions about how this may affect our audiological services to you. 

    We are paying close attention to both Federal and State guidelines for health care, and we’ve been in contact with multiple other audiology centers in the state of Connecticut, as well as the governing agencies for our field. Here is the way we are currently managing our audiology services in the best way possible, while keeping your family safe.

    Please note that at this time, no patients or staff are able to enter the building. Should you have any concerns, please email us or phone us at the contact information at the end of this letter.  As this situation continues to evolve, please check our website for updates.
     
    Here is a link that may help you find further information:
    Audiological (diagnostic) testing:
    At this time, no audiological testing can be done for new or existing patients. Similar guidelines are being followed throughout the state. This includes all diagnostic hearing tests, otoscopic inspections, and tympanometry (middle ear) testing. As soon as we can start scheduling patients again, we will. There is no projected date yet, but at this point scheduling will not happen until we are cleared by the governor and the Department of Public Health to move forward.

    Earmold Remakes:
    At this time it is unsafe to take earmold impressions due the close proximity required. If you feel your child is in immediate need of new earmolds and this cannot wait, options include the following:

    • Apply Otoease lubricant around the earmold to help close any tiny gaps in the seal. A small amount of Vaseline will accomplish the same thing. Avoid getting the materials into the hole in the earmold where sound comes out

    • If you feel new earmolds absolutely can’t wait, please contact us by phone or email. We may have earmolds remade based on your child’s previous earmold impressions, and request that the company double-dip them in the material to add thickness to them. This is not a perfect solution, and may not work for everyone, and it can only work so many times, but in these times of limited options, it may help many families get through this difficult time of waiting.

    Hearing Aid Repairs: 
    • Please call or email us first before mailing any equipment to us in case our ability to enter the building changes.


    • Any hearing aid repairs at this time may need to happen by mail, but it may be to a different mailing address, so do not mail equipment to the school address unless advised to do so.


    • Hearing aids must not be dropped off at the school’s clinic, as no one is allowed in the building. We can work with you by email or phone to determine what the problem may be to see whether there is something we can mail to you or something we can do by sending your child’s equipment to the manufacturer while providing you a loaner hearing aid. Please note that there may be delays while we try to get necessary equipment back to your family.


    • If you are in need of earmold tubing, please contact us and we will mail a replacement tube to you with instructions on how to change it if you are not sure how to replace tubing.


    Hearing Aid and Equipment Dispensing:
    No hearing aid or equipment dispensing will be conducted until the clinic re-opens. 

    Batteries:
    • If you are in need of replacement batteries, please contact our office. We may be able to ship a small supply to you. There may be a short wait in receiving batteries. Please let us know the color (sticker) or size (number) of the batteries you need (see image below) and where they should be sent.

    • If batteries are more urgently needed, check your local drugstore or supply store, or online services. These latter options cannot be reimbursed by Birth-to-Three, but may provide immediate relief while you await batteries to arrive from our clinic.


    We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this “pause” brings to our families. Everyone’s health and safety is our first priority. We are awaiting guidance from the state on when services can continue once again, and we look forward to when we can directly serve all of our families once again.

    Clinic Contacts:

    Lori Coughlin
    Administrative Assistant  
    Lori.Coughlin@asd-1817.org
    860-570-2307

    Donna Maryyanek
    Audiologist
    Donna.Maryyanek@asd-1817.org

    Patti Pallanck
    Audiologist 
    Patti.Pallanck@asd-1817.org

    Denise Monte
    Audiologist
    Denise.Monte@asd-1817.org

    Sincerely,

    Paula Morabito
    Director of Education
    Paula.Morabito@asd-1817.org
    Cell: 860-471-4787
     
  • Actualización de programa de Intervención Temprana


    A nuestras familias de ASD y participantes de programa de Intervención Temprana (Birth-to-Three):

    Su salud y bienestar son muy importantes para nosotros. Entendemos que hay miedo y riesgo existente alrededor del Coronavirus, y es posible que tenga preguntas sobre cómo esto puede afectar nuestros servicios audiológicos para usted.

    Estamos prestando mucha atención a las normas federales y estatales sobre la atención médica, y hemos estado en contacto con muchos otros centros de audiología en el estado de Connecticut, así como con las agencias gubernamentales. Esta es la forma en que actualmente gestionamos nuestros servicios de audiología de la mejor manera posible, mientras mantenemos a su familia segura.
    Tenga en cuenta que en este momento, ningún paciente o personal puede entrar a la escuela. Si tiene alguna inquietud, envíenos un correo electrónico o llámenos a la información de contacto al final de esta carta. A medida que esta situación continúa evolucionando, consulte nuestro sitio web para obtener actualizaciones.

    Aquí hay algunos enlaces que pueden ayudarlo a encontrar información:

    Pruebas audiológicas (diagnósticas):
    En este momento, no se pueden realizar pruebas audiológicas para pacientes nuevos o existentes. Se siguen pautas similares en todo el estado. Esto incluye todas las pruebas auditivas de diagnóstico, inspecciones otoscópicas y pruebas de timpanometría (oído medio). Tan pronto como podamos comenzar a programar pacientes nuevamente, le avisaremos. Todavía no hay una fecha proyectada, pero a este punto los servicios estarán detenidos hasta que el gobernador y el Departamento de Salud Pública nos autoricen a avanzar.

    Creación de moldes para los oidos:
    En este momento no es seguro tomar impresiones de molde debido a la proximidad requerida. Si cree que su hijo necesita de inmediato moldes nuevos y esto no puede esperar, las opciones incluyen lo siguiente:
    Aplique lubricante Otoease alrededor del molde del oído para ayudar a cerrar los pequeños espacios en el sello. Una pequeña cantidad de vaselina logrará lo mismo. Evite introducir los materiales en el orificio del molde donde sale el sonido.

    Si siente que los moldes nuevos no pueden esperar, contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico. Es posible que tengamos moldes de rehechos basados en las impresiones anteriores de moldes de sus hijos, y solicitemos a la compañía que los sumerja en el material para agregarles grosor. Esta no es una solución perfecta, y puede que no funcione para todos, y solo puede funcionar muchas veces, pero en estos tiempos de opciones limitadas, puede ayudar a muchas familias a superar este difícil momento de espera.

    Reparaciones de audífonos:
    • Llámenos o envíenos un correo electrónico primero antes de enviarnos cualquier equipo en caso de que cambie nuestra capacidad de ingresar al edificio.

    • Es posible que cualquier reparación de audífonos en este momento deba realizarse por correo, pero puede ser a una dirección de correo diferente, por lo que no envíe el equipo a la dirección de la escuela a menos que se lo indiquen.

    • Los audífonos no deben dejarse en la clínica de la escuela, ya que no se permite la entrada al edificio. Podemos trabajar con usted por correo electrónico o por teléfono para determinar cuál puede ser el problema para ver si hay algo que podamos enviarle por correo o algo que podamos hacer enviando el equipo de su hijo al fabricante mientras le proporcionamos un audífono prestado. Tenga en cuenta que puede haber demoras mientras tratamos de devolver el equipo necesario a su familia.

    • Si necesita tubos de molde para el oído, contáctenos y le enviaremos un tubo de reemplazo con instrucciones sobre cómo cambiarlo si no está seguro de cómo reemplazarlo.
    Dispensación de audífonos y equipos:
    No se llevará a cabo la distribución de audífonos o equipos hasta que la clínica vuelva a abrir.

    Baterias:
    Si necesita baterías de repuesto, comuníquese con nuestra oficina. Es posible que podamos enviarle un pequeño suministro. Puede haber una breve espera al recibir las baterías. Háganos saber el color (etiqueta) o el tamaño (número) de las baterías que necesita (vea la imagen a continuación) y dónde deben enviarse.
     
    Si necesita baterías con mayor urgencia, consulte su farmacia local o tienda de suministros, o los servicios en línea. Birth-to-Three no puede reembolsar estas últimas opciones, pero pueden proporcionar un alivio inmediato mientras espera que lleguen las baterías de nuestra clínica.
    Nos disculpamos sinceramente por las molestias que esta "pausa" trae a nuestras familias. La salud y la seguridad de todos es nuestra primera prioridad. Estamos esperando la guía del estado sobre cuándo los servicios pueden continuar una vez más, y esperamos poder servir directamente a todas nuestras familias una vez más.

    Contactos de la clínica: 

    Lori Coughlin
    asistente administrativa
    Lori.Coughlin@asd-1817.org
    860-570-2307

    Donna Maryyanek
    audióloga
    Donna.Maryyanek@asd-1817.org

    Patti Pallanck
    audióloga
    Patti.Pallanck@asd-1817.org

    Denise Monte
    audióloga
    Denise.Monte@asd-1817.org
    Sinceramente,
     
    Paula Morabito,
    directora de educación
    Paula.Morabito@asd-1817.org
    Celda: 860-471-4787
ABOUT US

For nearly 35 years, ASD's Birth-to-Three Program has been providing statewide comprehensive home and community-based services for deaf and hard of hearing infants and children, from birth to age three, and their families. Our program is guided by the principle that each family and child is unique and that children can learn to communicate in a variety of ways. We provide families with accurate, unbiased information regarding the different language/communication approaches available, including the use of speech, listening and sign language.

Based upon the family's choice, we offer comprehensive services to meet the needs of each child and family. Services are provided year-round with flexible hours to meet the needs of each family. The ASD Birth-to-Three Program is approved as a provider by the State of Connecticut, and is part of Connecticut's Birth To Three Delivery System.

KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF

Our service providers are certified professionals who have received special training in supporting families with infants and young deaf and hard of hearing children, including those with additional developmental needs. Our pediatric audiologists have extensive experience working with very young children with hearing losses from mild to profound, including auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony using the latest technology of hearing aids, FMs and cochlear implants. We have bilingual staff fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language. All staff meet the Connecticut Birth-to-Three personnel standards.
COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES

Each child and family receives a comprehensive assessment. Together the family and service provider develop an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). Based on a family's choice in the method of communicating with their child, our services can be provided to support aural/oral, auditory/verbal and/or sign language communication systems. Provided year-round with flexible hours to meet the needs of each family, services may include:
  • Service coordination
  • Home visits
  • Audiological services
  • Loaner hearing aids
  • Sign language instruction for parents, siblings and other family members
  • Other supports such as physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Access to ASD Family Education Services and community resources
SUPPORTING FAMILIES

Our goal is to provide families with the resources, support, and guidance that best meets the unique, individual needs of their infant or young child. Families are provided with balanced and objective information regarding hearing loss, cochlear implants, and the various communication approaches available including oral, auditory/verbal, cued speech, and American Sign Language. It is critical that families be given the opportunity to explore options for communicating with their children and be able to make positive, informed choices. This enables parents to communicate in the way that is most effective and appropriate for their child and family. Meeting other parents and deaf adults also provides an important source of information and support. We promote this through community resources to include ASD's Parent Center and Lending Library, parent-to-parent meetings, local parent groups, Mothers' Weekend, Fathers' Weekend and Family Learning Weekend as well as Family Sign Language classes.

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  • Photo of Lori Coughlin

    Lori Coughlin 

    Administrative Assistant
    8605702383
  • Photo of Donna Maryyanek

    Donna Maryyanek 

    Audiologist
  • Photo of Patricia Pallanck

    Patricia Pallanck 

    Audiologist
    UCONN
  • Photo of Denise Monte

    Denise Monte 

    Audiologist
  • Photo of Jenilee Terry

    Jenilee Terry 

    Admissions Officer
  • Photo of Paula Morabito

    Paula Morabito 

    Director of Education
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