Early Intervention

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