CHS has recently established a unique Educational Liaison program called SoundWaves. The SoundWaves Program works on behalf of children with hearing loss to help coordinate and facilitate the goal of spoken language development between our service providers and area professionals. CHS' SoundWaves program provides local conferences for audiologists, speech/language pathologists, early childhood intervention specialists, itinerant teachers and deaf educators who have hearing impaired children on their caseload. These conferences teach the specialists about hearing loss, advancements in technology, how to "troubleshoot" functional problems with hearing aids and cochlear implants, as well as how to maximize hearing and learning for a child with hearing impairment.
Consulting Services - Educating Mainstream Schools
Most public and private schools in the United States have had little direct experience with students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. When a school is unfamiliar with hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices commonly used by these students, it can be difficult to anticipate the students' unique needs, both academically and socially. Our Educational Liaison, who is a trained and experienced teacher of the deaf, provides support and training to school professionals, parents and students through a variety of personalized services which incorporate specific strategies to enhance each student's communication and academic success. Our Educational Liaison will work with you to create a customized consulting model that works for your school and the students you serve. Consultants are also available to do a one-time program evaluation.
Comprehensive Educational Evaluations
The multi-day evaluation is designed specifically for students in preschool through high school who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and is executed by an experienced team of professionals who understand hearing loss in educational settings.
Results from five distinct evaluation components are integrated to provide an interdisciplinary, whole-child perspective:
Each evaluation ends with a comprehensive exit meeting with parents, evaluators and school educators to ensure that the results and recommendations are well understood. A detailed written report is also provided, including quantitative and qualitative analysis that addresses the effects of the child's hearing loss on their development.
Educational Audiological Management / Acoustical Classroom Evaluations
Educational Audiologists are uniquely qualified to support students in the mainstream to assure they have auditory access to the information in all learning environments. They work directly with students, parents, teachers, support personnel and administrators as part of the educational team. Our educational audiologists can also address the acoustical challenges that impact your staff and students and offer recommendations for minimizing these challenges.