DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CLASSROOMS
CEID's special education Toddler and Preschool Classrooms support children who are identified as Deaf or Hard of Hearing and/or have severe speech and language delays. The classes combine both free play and structured activities to foster the mastery of age-appropriate skills in the areas of language, communication and socialization, as well as physical and cognitive development. CEID programs use a hands-on, play based approach enabling children to fully interact with toys and peers and to develop a more complex use of spoken language, sign language and social interaction.
Utilize a multi-sensory and integrated thematic approach.
Include auditory training activities.
Use a Total Communication approach, including the simultaneous use of Signing Exact English (SEE) and spoken English.
THE TODDLER CLASS
Students in the Toddler Class are ages 18 to 36 months. This class meets four mornings per week, Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. In the Toddler Class, the child to teacher ratio is typically 2:1 providing specialized, individualized attention.
THE PRESCHOOL CLASS
The Preschool Class focuses on the developmental needs and interests of preschoolers and prepares them for transition to kindergarten. The class is composed of eight to ten students and has a child to teacher ratio of 4:1. It serves children ages 3 to 5 years who have the skills to thrive in a classroom environment and who will benefit from small group instruction. The Preschool Class meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-12:00pm.