SPOKANE HOPE SCHOOL HEARING-ORAL PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 310 N Riverpoint Blvd, Box V c/o Kim Schafer Spokane WA 99202 USA

Mission: The mission of Spokane HOPE School is to 1) facilitate and optimize the acquisition of listening, learning, and speaking skills in children who have hearing loss within a multi-disciplinary learning environment that focuses on kindergarten readiness skills; and 2) to provide a supportive environment for their families.
Results: Our alumni students' success is our greatest achievement. We see evidence of their success in multiple ways. We see our alumni students out in the community thriving in their academic mainstream programs, fully engaged and participating in extracurricular activities alongside their hearing peers, filled with confidence in themselves and their hearing loss, and advocating for their needs to succeed in challenging environments, crowded classrooms, playgrounds, and assemblies. We see that they are proud to say "I wear hearing aids (or a cochlear implant)," and they educate others on hearing loss so they can take the elephant out of the room and be "Billy" rather than "the kid with the hearing aids." The result of HOPE School's education is continuously succeeding in preparing children for mainstream school and life.
Target demographics: local deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and talk
Direct beneficiaries per year: 57 toddlers/preschoolers/parents through our school programs and 151 families through our FISH (Families In Support of Hearing) support group functions.
Geographic areas served: Spokane and outlying counties
Programs: We provide a weekly Parent/Toddler group and two half-day preschool classes four days a week. HOPE School is the region’s only listening and spoken language preschool for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. We serve local toddlers and preschoolers (ages 1-6) who are fitted with modern hearing aids or cochlear implants. During these early years, children have the greatest potential to maximize their listening skills, acquire oral language and achieve normal cognitive development. HOPE School provides the necessary early intervention services during this critical period and prepares students for a smooth and seamless transition into their neighborhood schools.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff at HOPE School, as well as with the children and families they serve. The dedication of the professionals, the enthusiasm of the students when they walk in the door, and the genuine love the families have to partner together with the school for the success of their children is unsurpassable. There is much that goes in to the success of a program like this, and the children that attend and have attended HOPE School are the proof of that dedication. HOPE School is truly a shining star!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They meet every challenge with grace and character. No changes need to be made.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

HOPE School is an amazing school where children with hearing loss are able to learn to listen and talk through the use of their hearing technology and the wonderful support the staff provides. They are the only school of its kind in all of our area and are not only a necessary part of the children's and their family's lives but also an asset to the community by helping to educate the children to become advocates for themselves and others. Through a team approach of a Teacher of the Deaf, general education teacher, and classroom Speech Language Pathologist these children are given the opportunity to have speaking and academic skills commensurate with their peers with normal hearing. HOPE Schools services start from birth. This is a wonderful organization for not only the children but also their families.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I knew NOTHING about hearing loss until my son was late diagnosed with severe-to-profound hearing loss and didn’t get proper hearing aids until the age of two. As a result he had no language at all and started the Toddler Group when he was only grunting and crying to communicate. He started the Hope School just before he turned 3 years old and subsequently got bilateral cochlear implants. Over the next three years my son’s language skills absolutely made leaps and bounds. It was amazing and inspiring to watch his tremendous progress, so much so that he started kindergarten mainstreamed and is doing well and better than half his class (typically developing hearing students). I owe his success to Hope School and the amazing teachers and constant support they provide me in my son’s hearing journey. Hope School is family for life. When your child graduates they don’t stop caring. I still seek support when needed from them and we still attend many events they host. I can’t even imagine where my son would be at right now if it was not for the priceless gift of the listening and spoken language that Hope School provided for him and his friends. They really care and they are truly experts at what they do. Hope School was a dream come true for me and my family and they can be for you too!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The vision for HOPE school came from a group of professionals and parents who knew that yound children who are deaf or hard of hearing could achieve much more with a program dedicated to provide excellent services to them. I had the privilege of working with many families with children with hearing loss over the years and referring them to different programs including the HOPE school. Children at HOPE school succeed at a level that could never have been imagined, for example children who are deaf showing normal speech language skills by the time they transfer to Kindergarten. Staff is dedicated to coordinate with everyone involved with the child and family, the families are supported and the children succeed. The vision has become reality.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My personal connection with this school is that I grew up deaf and this school reminds me a lot of the oral deaf program I went to from age 3 to 3rd grade where I grew up in the Boston suburbs. I have been continuously impressed with the enthusiasm of the staff, teachers, and volunteers at this school. Its been so infectious that it has drawn me to volunteer and want to be part of this dynamic group.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter failed her new born hearing screening and began using bilateral hearing aids when she was 6 weeks old. As her parents we were concerned that she would never hear "normally", never hear common sounds, and not speak as well as her peers. She started at HOPE School just before her first birthday. She transitioned from Toddler Group into the Preschool program as she was turning 2. HOPE School was wonderful! She was taught to listen and speak to communicate. By the time she was 4, she was the classroom speech model! She mainstreamed into the public school system for Kindergarten. She is now finishing up First Grade and has not needed any speech therapies, or any other special courses. We are so thankful to HOPE School for all they have given her, and to our family. We are now confident that she does hear "normally" and communicate with others. HOPE School is an extended family. We still have times to visit with the other families through holiday events and FISH Meetings. And whenever We hear of a family going through similar situations, we always share our wonderful experiences at HOPE School with them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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