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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Preschools, Rehabilitative Care, Special Education

Mission: The mission of the Hearing School of the Southwest is to help deaf and hard of hearing children optimize their listening, speech, language and academic skills and their self-confidence so they can be successful in a mainstreamed educational setting and society.

Geographic areas served: Dallas and Fort Worth

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have found Hearing School of the Southwest for our son. Camden was born into a very rough start for his life. He was born with many medical complexities, one of which was deafness. After deciding that we wanted to give Cam the chance to be a part of the hearing word and communicate verbally with us and those around us, we had him implanted and started aggressive speech therapy. But we needed more if we were ever going to catch him up to his peers by the time he entered kindergarten. Enter the Hearing School. They immersed him in language and speech therapy while creating a fun and accepting enironment. He absolutely loves that school, and has gained so much from attending it these past two years. He entered school with NO language, receptively or expressively, and two years later is age appropriate in language and creating speech sounds that are beyond his developmental age. We are so very thankful for this school!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express the effect that HSSW has had on my child's life. My son Camden came to them just before he turned 2, with profound hearing loss, ANSD, and a newly implanted cochlear implant. He had no real receptive or expressive language.

Fast forward to today, a few weeks before he turns 4, and his language and articulation have exploded. He is bilateral with his CIs, and has been a regular student at the HSSW. He carries on regular conversations with EVERYONE, and has blossomed into a vibrant, VERBAL little boy.

More than the life that they have helped give my son, the staff there love him and treat him like he is their own. They are some of the most wonderful, giving, and caring people that I have ever been lucky enough to meet.

They have forever left a mark on the life of my son and my family, and I will always be grateful for that gift.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Daughter Kacy came to Hearing school of the southwest when she was newly implanted she had no language but after all the hard work and dedication that the staff and teachers, our kacy was talking within three months of starting school!! She then recieved her second cochlear implant on her left ear and her language grew even more,she attended Hearing School of the Southwest for 2 years she has since moved on from Hearing school of the Southwest into mainstream Kindergarten, she is reading and has a vast language database, she has been promoted to the first grade!!! We were so blessed that Hearing school of the Southwest was there for us and Kacy. They are the best around, We are so grateful they came into our lives, We love this school. Thank you Michele Ketchum and Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hearing School of the Southwest is a great resource for parents, kids & siblings of hearing impaired children!! Our daughter attended the school for 2 years and had a great experience. The teachers, staff and speech therapists gave her all the right mix of a perfect preschool atmosphere for her to learn how to listen & speak. We love the HSSW!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter's hearing loss was identified at birth, but she did not receive hearing aids until she was 4 months old due to much more critical medical issues. Since then, she has received auditory verbal therapy that I believe, has enabled her to learn to listen and talk more clearly than any child her age with typical hearing. Her scores are off the charts and I have many therapists to thank for this. We moved to TX last fall and I was so thankful to find the Hearing School. The people are helpful, supportive, and committed to seeing my daughter progress. She is now 3 and a 1/2 and we enjoy more conversation with her than we can stand! My first fear when she was born is that she would never hear her sister whisper in her ear. Indeed, she hears whispers, birds, airplanes overhead, the phone, etc. She doesn't miss much and I can't imagine not having taught her to listen and participate in the speaking world. The Hearing School is a great place whether your child is recently identified or just delayed. They have had great success, and through them, so have we.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hearing School of the Southwest has been a very integral part of our daughter’s success. When we discovered that she is deaf we decided to provide her with cochlear implants. This meant taking an aggressive approach in speech therapy and education. When she turned three we sent her to a deaf education program through our public school system. She did well in that program, but they had to follow the districts guide lines and not the specific needs of our daughter. We had known about the Hearing School for awhile through other parents that were sending their children there. The speech therapist that was working with her was hired on by the school and we then decided to enroll her. Thanks to the hard work of the staff our daughter was able to attend mainstream kindergarten after only being at The Hearing School of the Southwest for a year. She just finished main stream first grade at her home school testing above the state level and moving on to second grade. We still use the staff at The Hearing School as a resource. We now have a son, who is also deaf with cochlear implants, and we hope to send him to the school to enjoy the same success that his sister has. Anytime that we run into a family with a child with hearing loss we ask if they have heard of The Hearing School of the Southwest and if not they do by the end of the conversation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daugther was diagnosed with profound hearing loss when she was 3 months old. We didn't know what that would mean for her or how to help her learn to listen and speak. Our pediatric ENT recommended the speech therapist at the Hearing School of the Southwest because of their focus on teaching children to listen and speak and working with children with hearing aids and cochlear implants. We started the Mom/Tot group class when my daughter was 4 months old. She was the youngest one there and learned so much from participating and watching the older toddlers. The support of everyone at the Hearing School has been wonderful--we've attended parent ed nights where we've met other parents and children who have been helped by the Hearing School and who can share their experiences with cochlear implants and learning to listen and speak; we've been encouraged by the staff and therapists during our journey to get our daughter's cochlear implant; and we've seen the wonderful support the Hearing School of the Southwest received from the public and from its volunteers at its fundraiser this spring.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Our mission is to help families who have a baby or young child that has been identified as hard of hearing or deaf. Most identified babies or young children who are deaf or hearing impaired are born to hearing and speaking parents. These parents now have the option to choose that their child be able to listen and to talk. In order for this to happen, the child must be equipped with state-of-the-art hearing technology, either cochlear implants or hearing aids. Providing resources and rehabilitation therapy and educational services to these families is invaluable. Research tells us that early identification is a crucial first step for these children. Learning to listen and talk has a critical time element from birth to age 8. As individuals, we must establish a primary communication mode to be successful in life. A hearing impaired child can learn to listen and speak and be integrated into a mainstream educational setting by Kindergarten/1st grade if identified early. My primary job is to give resources to the parents who have chosen this communication mode for their child. I also teach the lower language level classes and direct the overall programs. If you want more specific information, you can visit our website at www.hearingschoolsw.com. We have successfully mainstreamed 21 children into the typical educational setting. Giving HOPE to families and hearing these children talk and tell their parents they love them is the best! Knowing these children will have a greater chance of receiving a secondary education and being less dependent on government assistance in the future is the reason I work for this organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I think about all the help that my son, Thomas, currently receives from the wonderful staff at the Hearing School, I can't help but get tears in my eyes. He began his journey at the Hearing School in their parent-infant program. Ms. Sarah, their Cert AVT, ran the class and provided us with a wonderful learning opportunity. Both Thomas and I learned so much from her. This year, Thomas joined their 2-year old class and has made great strides. With the help of the Hearing School, Thomas is beginning to close the gap to reach his hearing peers. We would not be where we are today without Ms. Tami and Ms. Eileen, his teachers. These women are such a blessing to our family!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I heart HSSW! Parent-infant program was a lifesaver. Wonderful staff. Both of my deaf sons were able to use the services at the school at some point. I appreciated all of the caring support as a parent and the sincere and fun relationships that the staff developed with my boys. Focus on each individual child and meeting their specific needs and goals was incredible.