EARLY LEARNING SENSORY SUPPORT

EARLY LEARNING SENSORY SUPPORT FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED DIRECTOR:: Bethany Mayo
EARLY LEARNING SENSORY SUPPORT FOR HEARING IMPAIRED DIRECTOR:: Ruth Anne Everett

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North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program (NC-ELSSP) is a state funded direct service provider for young children with visual and or hearing impairments aged birth to 5 years old and their families. Services for children and families are provided in all 100 counties in North Carolina by licensed staff that have specialized training to meet the unique needs of children who are visually and or hearing impaired. Services are provided in the children’s natural environments which may include their homes, childcare centers, and schools. NC Early Learning Sensory Support Program empowers and collaborates with parents and families to help their children attain their life long goals through early learning opportunities. NC Early Learning Sensory Support staff is dedicated to educating children, families, colleagues, and other service providers through their knowledge of vision and hearing impairments. 

NC Early Learning Sensory Support Program Services:

  • Functional Vision Assessments (VI)
  • Occupational Therapy (VI)
  • Orientation and Mobility Services (VI)
  • Pre-Braille and Braille Training (VI)
  • Learning Media Assessments (VI)
  • Direct Instruction to address Sensory Needs (VI & HI)
  • Professional Development for Providers (VI & HI)
  • Training and Support for Families (VI & HI)
  • Language Assessments (HI)

The vision of the Office of Early Learning is “each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.”  In support of this, we know that hearing and vision are key pathways for learning in early childhood. All children learn at their own pace. Children with vision and or hearing impairments can maximize their learning potential when provided with unique strategies and given direct, intentional instruction specific to their vision and or hearing needs. 

Additional Information

For more information about the North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program or to make a referral to our program please contact:
Lin Causey, Intake Coordinator NC-ELSSP-VI: 
Mandy Hice, Intake Coordinator NC-ELSSP-HI: