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My child has been diagnosed with a significant hearing loss. How can Summit Speech School help us?

If your child is newly diagnosed, regardless of his/her age, you are probably confused with choices you need to make and overwhelmed with information you have received and a bit fearful of what the future holds. Call us! We will listen and guide you. We will give you information, invite you in to see the wonderful possibilities the future holds, explain all your options, introduce you to other parents – hold your hand or offer a hug. Call 908-508-0011.

Ask to speak with Mary Baumont (Executive Director), Ellen Hansen (Pediatric Audiologist) or Nancy Schumann (Coordinator of the Parent/Infant Program).

Don’t wait. Call now. Your child should be wearing a hearing aid as soon as possible – even at a few weeks of age. Your child will qualify for services through the New Jersey Early Intervention System or through a Child Study Team. We will tell you how to enroll.

If your child is over 3 years of age, we can help you identify the services your child will need and head you in the right direction for a preschool, elementary, middle school or high school program. Your child is not too young – or too old – to receive special services (from us or elsewhere). We can help you determine what is best for your child.

How can I determine if my deaf or hard of hearing child can attend Summit Speech School?

My child is 0 – 2 years old: Summit Speech School is an Early Intervention provider. We accept all children with a diagnosed hearing loss of any level, whether it is binaural (both ears) or monaural (one ear). We have one bi-lingual teacher (Polish). We currently service communities in Essex, Union, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Call Nancy Schumann, Coordinator of the Parent Infant Program at 908-508-0011 or picoordinator@summitspeech.org

My child is 3 – 5 years old: Summit Speech School works with local school districts in providing service. We will help guide you through this process. Your child should be registered in your home school district. The district’s Child Study Team (CST) will schedule a CST evaluation for your child. The results of that evaluation will determine your child’s classification and assist in the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each child’s needs determine his/her preschool placement. While limited partial financial assistance is available for private placement, most children are placed at Summit Speech School by their home district. Call Susan Raymond, Principal, at 908-508-0011 or principal@summitspeech.org.

My child is 4 – 15 years old: Summit Speech School has an Itinerant Program for mainstreamed students. Summit Speech School will work with your school district to determine the services that are necessary – from providing a workshop for your child’s teachers, to determining classroom equipment needs, room modifications, to direct work with your child.To learn more, please call 908-508-0011 or email Heather Freeman at hfreeman@summitspeech.org.

How does Summit Speech School evaluate potential students for admission?

Preschool: At the request of school districts, the Summit Speech School Admissions Committee will review records to determine if Summit Speech School is an appropriate placement to meet a child’s individual needs. If so, the parents and the school district will be notified of the date and time of an Admissions Evaluation.

The evaluation consists of an information intake (parents) by the audiologist, speech language pathologist, principal and the nurse. The child will be screened by our staff speech pathologist and then spend time in a classroom. After that is completed, the team will meet to review their recommendations.

If it is felt that Summit Speech School can meet the child’s needs, the school district will be notified by the end of the day. Placement is then made at the discretion of the school district. However, even if we accept the child for admission, the school district does not have to comply with Summit Speech School’s recommendation. Contact Preschool Principal, Susan Raymond for further information at 908-508-0011 or principal@summitspeech.org.

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