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The Parent Child Advocate Program (PCA) addresses the multiple needs of families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing by offering sign language skill development, providing psychosocial education and facilitating access to community resources. The PCA program advocates early intervention in teaching social and communication skills to children who are deaf and hard of hearing to bridge the gap between them and the hearing population.

PCA activities

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Counseling Services invites you to the 2016–2017 Parent Child Advocate (PCA) Program! The PCA Program conducts monthly meetings for parents with children who are deaf or hard of hearing to come together for a time of family learning, food, and fun! Parents learn sign language communication skills while their children have social time and English language development games. It's too much fun to mention here, so come and see for yourself!

These events are free to the community, however pre-registration is required for each event. Contact Regina Minor for meeting dates and location. Phone (804) 282-1943 (voice) or (804) 282-1944 (TTY). Email address: PCAPROGRAM@gmail.com

Sponsored by a grant from Medarva Foundation Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

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PCA "Sign With Your Child" video series

Challenge Discovery Projects is excited to present the "Sign with Your Child" video series. These videos, produced by our Parent Child Advocate Program, received funding from the Richmond Eye and Ear Foundation Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation and the Virginia Department of Education. Local professionals made this project possible through countless hours of volunteer time.

This series of instructional and informational videos was created to provide a resource for parents and caregivers with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are designed to facilitate and encourage communication and language development within the family. The video series contains lessons on various topics with language that can be easily incorporated into daily life, for example, "Getting Dressed." We hope this series will be helpful to you and your family.


To see all PCA "Sign With Your Child" videos, go to the Parent Child Advocate Program's YouTube channel, or click on the links to individual videos below:

Introduction to the PCA Sign With Your Child series

Sign Language Lessons:

Lesson 1 - Family Members
Lesson 2 - Family Survival Signs
Lesson 3 - More Survival Signs
Lesson 4 - Waking Up
Lesson 5 - Getting Dressed
Lesson 6 - Getting A Drink
Lesson 7 - Getting Ready
Lesson 8 - Changing A Diaper
Lesson 9 - Bathroom Hygiene

Professional Series Topics:

The Importance of Play (pt 1) - Rebecca Plesko-DuBois
The Importance of Play (pt 2) - Rebecca Plesko-DuBois
Reading With Your Baby - Sarah Shreckhise
Early Brain Development - Sarah Shreckhise
Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids - Christine Eubanks
Earliest Interactions - Rebecca Plesko-DuBois

Parent Interviews:

Parent Interview - Jeanette Gratz
Parent Interview - Kim Snyder



   
 
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