Sound Waves is a unique outreach program at the Center for Hearing and Speech that works on behalf of children with hearing loss and their families, collaborates with educators and other professionals to provide optimal services for children with hearing loss, and provides community outreach education on a variety of topics related to hearing loss.
Family Consulting Services
The Educational Liaison at CHS meets with each participating family on an as needed basis to address the following:
- Answer questions regarding the child’s hearing loss and educational needs.
- Provide consultative services regarding goals and objectives on child’s school Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- Provide support and guidance during Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) and 504 meetings.
- Educate childcare providers.
- Help the family understand public education laws.
Advancements in early detection of hearing loss and hearing technology have allowed more children with hearing impairment to participate in mainstream education in both public and private schools. Many mainstream educators have not had experience with hearing impaired children, and are therefore unfamiliar with educational implications of hearing loss. Through the Sound Waves program, our Educational Liaison is available to provide onsite training to school faculty and staff on the topics of:
- Hearing loss
- Hearing technology
- Educational implications of hearing loss
- Use of strategies and accommodations for children with hearing impairment.
The Educational Liaison is also available to provide a presentation about your child’s hearing loss to his or her peers and answer related questions.
Professional Education and Community Outreach
The Sound Waves program provides inservices for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, early childhood intervention specialists, itinerant teachers, and deaf educators. Inservice topics may include:
- Understanding the types and severity of hearing loss
- How to read an audiogram
- Therapy techniques used to develop an auditory function
- Advancements in technology
- Amplification: hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems
- Implications of hearing loss in the educational environment
Educational Audiological Management/ Classroom Acoustics Evaluation
Education classrooms can often be an acoustically challenging environment for children with hearing impairment. ASound Waves representative is available for classroom observations. Challenging listening situations can be identified and we can then collaborate with educators on how to maximize the student’s access to classroom instruction, while minimizing auditory distractions.