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Swift County Parent Group
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Families of children, teens and adults living with hearing challenges, you are not alone!

We are here to provide support, education and resource information for individuals, families and professionals. Plus, we want to connect you with other parents and peers.

Regular programming:

Parenting Special Needs Support Groups

Join our Support Groups in Benson, Litchfield, Olivia or Willmar, Minnesota.

Consider yourself cordially invited.  Do you have questions or concerns about your child, teen or young adult?  You are not alone!  By being a part of our Support Group, you will find people who may have the same concerns as you do.  You can bring your questions, concerns, or issues to our group. We are here to offer you support.  Help you connect with others.  Learn about your loved one’s diagnosis or challenging parenting moments.

Peer Connect

A monthly social skills group for teens and young adults to age 30 years.

Lego Fun & Friendship Clubs

A social skills club focusing on making friends. Parents conduct a separate discussion with topics support lessons and offer support to one another.


Sign Language Classes for Family Members



Information, Referrals & Programming Ideas
Let us know how we can help you—
320-235-5310, ext. 206


Weighted Blankets

Mini Grants


Annual Events:

Be sure to check our Events page and Active Lives Calendar.

Educational workshops, U-Empowered Conference, annual Halloween party, Family Picnic and Adventure Fair.

What are forms of hearing loss?

Hearing loss, or deafness, can be  present at birth (congenital), or become evident later in life (acquired).

The distinction between acquired and  congenital deafness specifies only the time that the deafness appears. It does  not specify whether the cause of the deafness is genetic (inherited).
Acquired deafness may or may not be  genetic. For example, it may be a manifestation of a delayed-onset form of  genetic deafness. Alternatively, acquired deafness may be due to damage to the ear due to noise or from other conditions.

Congenital deafness similarly may or may not be genetic. For example, it may  be associated with a white forelock, and be caused by a genetic disease called Waardenburg syndrome. In fact, more  than half of congenital hearing loss is inherited. Alternatively, congenital  deafness may be due to a condition or infection to which the mother was exposed  during pregnancy, such as the rubella virus.

Hearing loss can also be classified based on which portions of the hearing system (auditory system) are affected. When the nervous system is affected, it  is referred to as sensorineural hearing loss. When the portions of the ear that  are responsible for transmitting the sound to the nerves are affected, it is  referred to as conductive hearing loss.

Conditions affecting the cochlea, eighth cranial nerve, spinal cord, or brain  cause sensorineural hearing loss. Examples include:

  • Meniere's disease,Anatomy of the Ear
  • hearing loss of aging (presbycusis),
  • nerve injury from
  • syphilis,
  • hearing loss of unknown cause (idiopathic hearing loss), 
  • nerve tumors and;
  • drug toxicity (such as  aspirin and aminoglycosides).

Conditions that affect the ear canal, eardrum (tympanic membrane), and middle  ear lead to conductive hearing loss. Examples of conductive hearing loss  include:

Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD on 4/19/2012


The Difference in Language Acquisition for Signing and Non-Signing Children
As highlighted in the international research on baby sign language, it has been found it be very beneficial for language development and vocabulary building.

From Us To You
Film maker, Ted Evans, has made a short film to inspire young deaf adults by showcasing deaf adult role models.  This video is done in British Sign Language with captions and voice over.

CSD’s Thriving With Your Deaf Child (CAL NEWS)
Research proves Deaf babies gain significant COGNITIVE, SOCIAL, and ACADEMIC benefits from an early foundation of American Sign Language

DeafMD is an innovative website providing accurate, concise, and valuable health information in American Sign Language.
DeafMD contains 4 distinct, informative sections:  Diseases & Illnesses, Understanding Tests, News and Finding a Deaf Friendly Doctor.

This 16-minute TED video talks about growing up to become a deaf superhero and the importance of deaf schools. 
This video needs to be seen by hearing parents who are making decisions about whether or not to enroll their deaf child in a deaf school.  This filmed talk makes a good case on an emotional and intellectual level as to why deaf schools ought to be the choice. 

The closed captions are available in English and over 50 languages.

Deaf Culture Online
Everything you've wanted to know about Deaf Culture and then some.

Odyssey Magazine

Overview on Baby Sign Language

Active Lives Calendar


The Resource Center Program
WCI enhances quality of life through individualized support, training and employment. Learn More

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