Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP)
CHIP, a statewide home-based early intervention program within Outreach Programs, is designed specifically to serve families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, newborn to age three.
At the heart of CHIP is the parent facilitator, a highly trained professional with qualifications and core knowledge to assist family members in optimizing their child’s development. Working with the family, the parent facilitator designs an individual program that fits both with the family’s needs and the child’s learning style. The parent facilitator helps family members develop techniques to encourage their child’s communication development.
Children are referred to the program by pediatric audiologists through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) process in Colorado and are eligible for services established by the Early Intervention Colorado eligibility criteria.
The program coordinator provides additional information about the program in this article on the Colorado Home Intervention Program.
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) is a national initiative whose goal is to maximize linguistic and communicative competence and literacy development for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. EHDI has three objectives.
- All newborns will be screened for hearing loss
- Referred infants will be diagnosed before 3 months of age
- Children will receive appropriate medical, audiological, and educational intervention before 6 months of age
Information about EHDI comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics Year 2007 Position Statement: Principals and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs, Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.
A critical component of successful early intervention is the monitoring of the child’s progress toward the goals determined by the family and the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team. CHIP provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary assessment, which includes parent response questionnaires and a video taped language interaction at regular intervals, in order to monitor a child’s progress and determine appropriate intervention goals.
Through a partnership between the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind; the Speech, Language, and Hearing Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the results are analyzed and used for program evaluation and improvement.