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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hearing School of the Southwest is a tremendous private preschool for hearing impaired and/or deaf children. They provide expert teaching and therapy to families in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. I have worked on staff at the school now 4 years. I have never been associated with more caring co-workers. They give of themselves 110%. They truly have a heart for these children and their families. They work, sometimes without pay, to make sure these children are successful. They make home visits, hospital visits, anything to reach out to these families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hearing School of the Southwest is an incredible program that I am so proud to be affiliated with. HSSW fills a huge need in the DFW area, providing a spoken language option for children, while many public schools don't offer that approach. The school provides support to families from birth through the elementary years. We are like a big family at HSSW!!