Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Cute Little Guy SigningThe SEEM Collaborative Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is a day school that services children in grades PreK-2 whhave moderate, severe, or profound hearing loss. The program’s mission is to prepare students for a successful transition to a mainstream school in their sending district.

Program Features

  • Students use a variety of amplification devices, including hearing aids, FM systems, and cochlear implants
  • Staff and students use a combination of spoken English and Signing Exact English (SEEII) to communicate
  • Curriculum aligned to the Common Core Curriculum Frameworks but modified to incorporate language, speech, and auditory development
  • Small class sizes, ranging from 3-8 students, with a teacher of the deaf and a paraprofessional
  • Students receive individual speech, language, and auditory therapy four times per week, as well as audiological support
  • Participation in mainstream classes for both academic and non-academic subjects, starting in kindergarten
  • Deaf and hard of hearing mentors visit the classroom and share stories with students
  • School Year: 180 days from August-June
  • Extended Year Program -4 days per week, 5-week  from early July-early August.

Services

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Audiology services, including:
    • Ongoing consultation with classroom staff regarding each student’s needs
    • Hearing equipment functioning and troubleshooting
    • Environmental and educational accommodations instruction
    • Communicating with each student’s audiologist
    • Auditory skill assessment and auditory training
  • Clinical/Mental Health
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support (PBiS)

Appropriate referrals include students aged 3-8 who:

  • Present with an educationally significant hearing loss, including moderate, severe, and profound losses.