SPEECH/LANGUAGE AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Speech and Language Therapy, Auditory Training, Occupational Therapy, and Educational Audiology services are available to all of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) students based on individual needs.
The Speech, Language, and Auditory Therapy Program is critical to the specialized care of CEID’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Speech and Language Therapists, Reyhaneh Rajabzadeh and Katherine Malone provide individualized therapy to students in both group and one on one settings. Carol Lettko, SLP at CEID for over 23 years, consults and mentors with the team to ensure the excellence of this highly specialized program. Assessments are made of each child’s unique language and communication needs and goals are created to focus on areas of development that are showing delays. Language areas include receptive language (comprehension); expressive language (relaying wants and needs); auditory skills (listening), and articulation skills (producing understandable spoken language). CEID works with the whole family, prioritizing specific concerns to develop personalized goals for each child. CEID’s speech and language therapists create fun play-based, motivating, and engaging sessions while at the same time targeting these goals. The emphasis is on making communication a fun and rewarding experience.
Our licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) provides intensive support to children and focuses on building fine motor, gross motor, oral motor and sensory integration skills. Deaf and Hard of Hearing children often have sensory processing differences. Occupational therapists can work with these children to help them process and integrate sensory information effectively. This can improve their ability to focus, self-regulate, and participate in activities. They can assist children in developing fine motor skills, such as handwriting and fine motor coordination. These skills are essential for sign language communication and daily activities. CEID's OT will work closely with families to provide education and support. This can include teaching parents and caregivers' strategies to help their child develop essential skills and providing resources for continued growth.
CEID's facility offers private speech therapy rooms and a range of OT equipment and resources within each classroom.
Educational Audiology is a specialized field within education that focuses on addressing the unique needs of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the classroom. Its primary goal is to ensure that these students have equal access to education and can learn effectively in a classroom setting. For children who use hearing technology to help them access sound, the Educational Audiologist will make sure these devices are working correctly. They might suggest using special equipment such as microphones, sound systems, or FM systems that can carry the teacher's voice directly to the children's hearing devices.