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Spokane Hope School Hearing-Oral Program of Excellence

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews 845

Address:

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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Reviews for Spokane Hope School Hearing-Oral Program of Excellence

Rating: 5 stars  

Our son was a happy baby, but we could tell by age one that his speech was severely delayed. We tested him and learned that he had a profound Unilateral Hearing Loss (UHL) in one ear. He began attending HOPE School in Fall of 2004 at age 2, and by Fall of 2006, he was easily mainstreamed into a private pre-school. Thanks to the staff's diligent efforts in working with our son, not to mention the help of his good friends (a cochlear implant student, a model hearing student with a hearing impaired baby brother and their families), our son transitioned to regular school and has thrived ever since! He is about to graduate from Jr. High and will be a freshman in High School next academic year. He has great grades, does live theatre including musicals, plays basketball and golf, and is genuinely the most communicative, funny person you will ever meet, thanks to his excellent education from HOPE School!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My child has been a student for the past 18 months, he started there with not being able to say more than 3 or 4 words a sentence.. now he is speaking with more clear full sentences and we have a more clear communication with him...I couldn't be happier about his results in this school...thank you HOPE school teachers, staff and speech teacher students that have been involved..

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love Spokane HOPE School! I am a recent graduate from Eastern Washington University in Speech Language Pathology and I can honestly say that there was no practicum that I enjoyed more than working with the kids in HOPE school. I grew in knowledge and love for my field as I got to provide pull out speech therapy services to two of the kiddos attending HOPE school as well as receive hands on experience and training working with other kids in the classroom who were deaf or hard of hearing. The HOPE school is a great program that teaches children to listen and speak, while simultaneously affording graduate students a rich opportunity to learn and grow as future clinicians. I am so happy that I was afforded the opportunity to get to have a hand in such a great organization!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an Audiologist working with hard of hearing and deaf children in this community for almost 25 years. The HOPE school is such a wonderful language-rich environment for our young students with hearing loss whose families choose to focus on spoken communication. The dedicated, knowledgeable, and hard working staff at HOPE are truly amazing. There is no other program like this in our community. You would have to travel to Seattle or Portland to find anything similar. How lucky we are to have this here locally!

 
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We have lived in Coeur d'Alene for about 25 years. We have looked for charitable organizations that provide unique services in our area. We came across Hope School which clearly provides a unique and very successful program to make it possible for young deaf children to progress to the point where they can hear again and attend a normal elementary school. Each year we go to their presentation where these children who started out deaf can communicate with all of us. An incredible experience. We continue to be inspired each year and donate to their cause each year.

 
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We moved from Atlanta to Spokane and I was worrying about my younger daughter how she is wearing a cochlear implants we found HOPE SCHOOL, and they helped to enroll in the HOPE school they are very friendly and cooperative they really worry about what the kids needs to be developed the speech. Is the best School for kids with cochlear implants.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been actively involve in the medical field, helping to restore hearing and advocate for the hearing impaired for more than 25 years. Hope school is a unique educational setting that provides hearing, speech, and learning services that are not provided by the local school districts for preschoolers.

It also provides a unique opportunity for speech professionals in university training to learn about educational techniques for the hard of hearing, which is unmatched

 
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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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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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