Summit Speech School works with many schools that understand that children who are deaf and hard of hearing in the mainstream need support services even if:
(1) they are getting good grades (2) have good conversational skills
(3) have good speech or
(4) appear to hear well.
These schools understand that children wearing hearing aids or cochlear implants are still deaf or hard of hearing. No matter how well they appear to hear or how good their speech or conversational skills, there will always be situations that are difficult: PE class; group discussions; PA announcements; the cafeteria; music rooms; playgrounds; rooms near construction sites; open space classrooms; rooms with noisy HVAC systems, fans, window air conditioners, chairs moving across the floor.
Our staff consults with school personnel (teachers, nurses, speech-language pathologists) who need to know:
what situations cause listening difficulties;
how to control noise;
how to set up optimal teaching/listening situations;
how to work with amplification equipment;
what to do if a child’s personal equipment malfunctions.
If a child who is deaf or hard of hearing still has a language delay, we help educators implement specific strategies to catch the child up linguistically, as well as use strategies that will allow the child to keep up with his/her peers.
It is the job of Summit Speech School’s itinerant teachers to guide mainstream classroom teachers and in many cases, to continue working with the children.
Our goals include:
Assuring that all persons working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (1) understand the basics of hearing loss (2) understand the effect of a hearing loss on language and thereby on education (3) understand the social-emotional aspects of hearing loss (4) understand the specific limitations the hearing loss places on the academic and testing environments (5) understand the modifications needed in each teaching environment to accommodate each child’s hearing loss.
Assuring that educators working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the mainstream understand and employ specific methods and techniques for teaching
Assuring that all children in the mainstream who are deaf or hard of hearing can self advocate
Assuring that all children in the mainstream who are deaf or hard of hearing demonstrate adequate language skills to support academic success and to compete with their hearing peers
Assisting families in working with their children at home.
The amount of service provided by the Itinerant Teacher is based on a child’s individual needs.
For more details, read our interview with Itinerant Program Director Mary Baumont.
To learn more, please call 908-508-0011 or
email Mary Baumont at firstname.lastname@example.org.