Who We Serve

HSDC’s Parent-Infant Program (PIP) is a birth to three service providing free parental support and coaching for the families of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing toddlers. Families in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties are eligible to receive services.

PIP uses bilingual/bicultural approach that emphasizes language acquisition in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. While enrolled in PIP, families will develop their ASL skills to create a nurturing, language-accessible home for their Deaf or hard of hearing toddler.

Curious about the benefits of bilingual education for deaf and hard of hearing children? Check out our Resources page or contact us with questions.

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What We Do

PIP Specialists travel to your household to engage you and your family in your natural setting. These home visits develop a child’s cognitive abilities and encourage their acquisition of essential language and literacy skills, while providing parents or caregivers with the skills they need to create a nurturing home for their Deaf or hard of hearing child.

Home visits are the core of our services, but PIP offers a variety of support for parents and families, including:

  • Bilingual/bicultural Family Nights
    • Parent support groups led by a professional counselor
    • ASL/English playgroups for toddlers
    • Celebrate Reading Nights
    • Access to alternative early learning groups in Pierce and Snohomish Counties
  • American Sign Language (ASL) instruction
  • Preschool transition support
  • Resource Library

Enrollment

PIP services are free for families in King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County. If you’d like to learn more, just get in touch. We’ll schedule an in-home evaluation and travel to your household to assess your family’s needs.

Contact us to learn more

Contact

Online
Email: education@hsdc.org
Phone (voice): 206-323-5770

Staff

  • Guthrie Nutter

    Guthrie Nutter

    Director of Education

  • Dorothy Bridges

    Dorothy Bridges, MEd

    Parent-Infant Specialist

  • Anna Dodd

    Anna Dodd, MEd

    Lead Parent-Infant Specialist

  • Kelsey Peterson

    Kelsey Peterson

    Program Assistant

  • Karen Philo

    Karen Philo, MEd

    Parent-Infant Specialist