Parent Education Program
About the program
At Silent Voice, we believe that it is very important to support parents in raising healthy babies and children. Through meaningful partnerships we provide and increase opportunities for accessible parenting education for the Deaf community, as well as raise awareness on issues, and advocate for Deaf parents.
Current Programs Available in ASL
Healthy Eating Series
Healthy Eating Series is a nutrition program offered to parents/caregivers who are interested in learning more about:
- Canada’s Food Guide and eating well
- introducing solids/making your own baby food
- healthy eating for toddlers and preschoolers
- dealing with feeding challenges
- creating healthy mealtime environments
- developing basic food skills
- preparing healthy meals and snacks
- reading food labels
- budgeting food selections
This program also provides:
- an opportunity for parents/caregivers to connect and share experiences
- a chance to prepare and taste healthy recipes
- Child minding
- TTC token as needed
ASL Parent Child Mother Goose
Uses rhymes, songs, and stories to teach parents of infants and toddlers how to foster attachment and enrich interactions with their children in American Sign Language (ASL). It gives children’s brains the right kind of stimulation during the most critical development period of their entire lives.
Nobody’s Perfect is a facilitated parenting program for parents of children from birth to age five. Trained Deaf facilitators offer Nobody’s Perfect using a participant-centered, strengths-based approach, in line with the concepts of adult learning. Within a group setting, parents participate in facilitated sessions that:
- Promote positive parenting
- Increase parents’ understanding of children’s health, safety and behaviour
- Help parents build on the skills they have and learn new ones
- Improve parents’ self-esteem and coping skills
- Increase self-help and mutual support
- Bring them in contact with community services and resources
- Help prevent family violence
Make the Connection
The first three years is the most critical time in a child’s development
We now know that in the first three years, a child’s brain grows at a faster rate than at any other period in life. This makes it a critical time to support parents and teach them skills that will help them get their child off to a good start.
Research tells us that a positive emotional bond with at least one caregiver paves the way for how we feel about ourselves, how we get along with others, how we communicate and even how we learn. (Jack P. Shonkoff, 2013)
The Psychology Foundation’s ‘Make the Connection’ program spells out what every child needs to become securely attached. It puts researched information into down to earth messages and activities that parents and caregivers can use to strengthen their relationship with their child from birth to three.
Make the Connection programs are delivered by trained Deaf facilitators to parents in groups as well as one-on-one. The sessions incorporate hands-on parent-baby activities, videotaping and discussions to help parents reflect on key components of secure attachment. This secure beginning sets in motion a positive course for a child’s social and emotional well-being, learning in school and contribution to society.