SKI-HI was the Institute's first model program. This program offers support and resources in natural environments for families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, age birth to five, who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The SKI-HI resource manual contains information and activities for families on early communication, audition, hearing aids, American Sign Language (ASL) resources, aural-oral language, total communication, and psycho-emotional support. The SKI-HI approach for information gathering, child assessment, and program planning needed for developing the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is also covered in the manual. This program and its materials are currently being used by service providers around the country with more than 5,000 children annually. Twenty years of strong data from many of these service providers support the effectiveness of the program.
SKI-HI can provide important assistance in meeting the challenges of two current trends. First, with Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, the United States is moving toward much earlier identification of hearing loss in infants and referral to early intervention agencies by three months of age. Appropriate intervention strategies must be promptly available for the large numbers of these very young infants and their families.
A second development is the increase in the number of early intervention programs who serve young children with hearing losses. Personnel in these programs are requesting and needing additional training in order to effectively serve this population. In addition, service delivery personnel with expertise in deafness frequently request information and training to keep pace with the rapidly changing field.
Training is available in the SKI-HI model through two formats: (1) six days of on-site training, and (2) four days of on-site training combined with home study. Training is conducted by national trainers experienced with the program and its resources. Technical assistance is also available in implementation of SKI-HI programming.
In order to become certified as a SKI•HI Local Trainer within a local area or state, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
These requirements have been set into place to ensure the integrity and quality of our SKI-HI name and the caliber of workshops that are delivered to professionals across the country. If you have questions or concerns about any of these requirements, please feel free to contact Paula Pittman at 435-797-5600 to discuss them.
The SKI-HI curriculum is a comprehensive family-oriented program for children who are deaf and hard of hearing 0-5. It contains information written in user-friendly topics for parents in an array of program areas. The topics have accompanying visuals, activity sheets, handouts, and follow-up reference information and materials.
The basics of early intervention is presented including information about parent advising, cultivating family-centered partnerships, parent support, the first home visits, and assessment. What it's like to be deaf and general ways that persons who are deaf communicate is the theme of a new section. One section focuses on programming for infants 0-12 months. The amplification section includes new information about high tech hearing aids. There is also a section on programming for young children with cochlear implants. How to promote early parent-child communication interactions is the focus of still another section.
Two sections focus on basic early communication approaches for young children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The first approach is early visual communication and the second one is early verbal communication (learning to talk and listen). There is a section on exploring language methodologies, and five follow-up language programs are offered: Bi-Bi, Signing English, Aural-Oral, Cued Speech, and ASL Emphasis. An early literacy program has been included as well as a program on play and concept development.
A portion of the curriculum is devoted to special issues including sensory integration; natural environments and routines; serving children with unilateral, mild, moderate, and conductive losses; uditory neuropathy and special medical conditions; and serving children with other special needs.
For More Information about SKI-HI, or how to access SKI-HI services in a particular state, contact Paula Pittman at: email@example.com.