SPOKANE HOPE SCHOOL HEARING-ORAL PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE Overview
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c/o Kim Schafer
Target demographics: Deaf and hard of hearing children wearing modern hearing aids and cochlear implants in the Spokane and outlying counties whose families have chosen for their children to listen and talk.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 54 toddlers/preschoolers/parents through our school programs and 151 families through our FISH (Families In Support of Hearing) support group functions.
Geographic areas served: Adams, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman, Latah counties in WA, and Kootenai counties in Idaho.
Programs: 1) Parent/Toddler Group meets one morning per week for 1 1/2 hours on site. Toddlers participate, along with a parent/caregiver, in structured play activities under the guidance of a professional with specialized Listening and Spoken Language training assisted by graduate students.
2) Preschool classrooms - Mon - Thurs for 2 1/2 hours AM class for 3-4 yr olds and PM class for 4-6 yr olds. In September 2013, HOPE School implemented a multidisciplinary service delivery model to support students' learning outcomes and speech/language development. Three people from three fields of expertise now interact, plan together, and deliver a coordinated curriculum for the benefit of our students. These professionals are a Teacher of the Deaf, a Speech-Language Pathologist, and a General Education Teacher. Graduate students from the combined EWU/WSU graduate programs provide daily individual speech-language therapy and audiology services to our preschool students.