Mother-Infant Stimulation Program

Approximately one child is born deaf of 10,000 births. There are no clear statistics as to the number of hearing impaired (HI) children in rural and urban India. Majority of these children still remain out of the mainstream without any access to rehabilitation or any form of schooling. The average literacy rate of HI in India remains at fourth grade level inspite of advances claimed in hearing aid technology, cochlear implantation, early identification program etc. Lack of trained manpower, access to good quality hearing aids, early infant programs and well-equipped schools are often blamed for this poor state of education.

Mother Infant Stimulation Program

All these HI children have the right to a language and/or developed communication system, which enables them to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes, including access to education. Everyone wants his or her child to speak, write and understand spoken and written language. To attain these goals, there is a need to make optimum use of the child’s residual hearing and to interact with him/her using spoken language.

The MISP approach fosters the development of spoken language. Meaningful interaction and conversation encourage the growth of auditory discrimination skills, using everyday experience rather than through direct teaching.

The MISP approach will aim to develop speech acquisition, language development and optimum use of residual hearing. The approach demands the planning of structured processes involving systematic teaching.

This is a parent centered approach which seeks to develop spoken language through a structured program based on a highly enhanced auditory and language input. For example, listening skills are organized on a hierarchy of auditory difficulty from detection to comprehension. The parent stimulator helps parents to carry out programs/exercises with their child.

Training will be in Kannada, English & Telugu depending on the child’s mother tongue, mother can choose any one language. After the training all participants shall be given a certificate of training. Course is for a period of 10 months, commencing from the first day of the academic year till end of March.