The Early Support Monitoring protocol for deaf babies and children was devised to help families of deaf children (and the professionals that support them) document the progress that children make in the first three years or so after deafness has been identified.

At the heart of the Monitoring Protocol is a set of charts that families use to record what their child is able to do as time passes and as they learn new things.

This booklet explains what the materials are for and how to use them. It is aimed at parents or carers of deaf babies and children and the professionals who may come into contact with them or their families.

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  • Introduction
  • Why and how it was devised
  • A ‘common’ monitoring protocol
  • Which areas of development are included and why?
  • Finding your way around the protocol materials
  • Ages and stages
  • Who keeps the Protocol and who decides who it can be shared with?
  • How do we use it to monitor progress?
  • The protocol