Materials for Families of Infants and Toddlers
These materials were developed by the Family Engagement Coordinator Birth–3 Work Group for state deafblind projects to use with families of infants and toddlers.
Welcome Letter for Families of Infants
This letter (developed in September 2017) can be sent to families of infants who have been recently referred to your project. It includes a 2-page sheet of tips and resources for new families. It is designed to be customized by each project, so make sure to replace all text in square brackets with your project-specific information.
Resources for Part C to Part B Transitions
This letter (developed in January 2018) can be sent to families of children who you know will soon be transitioning from early intervention to preschool. It is designed to be customized by each project, so make sure to replace all text in square brackets with your project-specific information. Attached to the letter is a "Preschool Transition Planning Checklist."New School Letter and FormMicrosoft Word Document|15.4 KB
This letter (developed in January 2018) is a request to families to maintain continuity of services by notifying your project of their child's new preschool. It includes a form for parents to complete and return. Both the letter and form are designed to be customized by each project, so make sure to replace all text in square brackets with your project-specific information.
Additional Resources to Share with Families
These resources were selected by the Work Group as key items to share with families. They can be sent with the welcome letter above or shared later, depending on the families' needs and interests. (Some are long, so you may only want to share certain sections or pages.)
This family-friendly document, compiled by NCDB, presents parents' thoughts and insights along with a number of photos. Also available in Spanish.
A one-pager from California Deafblind Services. Also available in Spanish.
A brief overview from California Deafblind Services. If family members are unfamiliar with infant massage, state project staff may want to demonstrate or explain specific techniques during a home visit in addition to providing this handout. Also available in Spanish.
An assessment tool designed to help family members participate in the planning of their child’s educational program. Project staff will probably want to use this with the family during a home visit rather than sending it as part of a packet. Also available in Spanish.
A nicely designed, 12-page booklet from the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education published in 2017.
- Hold Everything! Twenty “Stay-Put” Play Spaces for Infants and Preschoolers with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs
A 45-page booklet developed by the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education. It presents detailed instructions and a photo for each play space.
Families can sign up for email updates from this site (run by Penrickton Center, TSBVI, and Perkins) which provides a wealth of information about Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning approach.
A nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of people with CHARGE syndrome through outreach, education, and research. It supports families via a director of outreach, a weekly tele-support group, extensive online resources, and an international conference every two years.
An advocacy and support organization for people with Usher syndrome and their families.
Tips for Working with Families
This document is intended for Family Engagement Coordinators and any other state project staff who work with families.