Singapore’s excellent Universal Newborn Hearing Screening enables congenital hearing loss to be identified shortly after birth. Early diagnosis and intervention can mean the difference between a child entering school with a language delay or with age appropriate language and concept development.
Research shows that children whose hearing losses are identified in the first 6 months of life and who receive immediate intervention can develop normal spoken language equal to their fully hearing peers.
Early intervention in Singapore can take many forms and may include:
- Identification of communication options and scheduling of the necessary services to support language acquisition
- Training the family to ‘talk’ to baby
- Helping baby to understand and be understood