St. Rita School is such a wonderful community. I am so glad that we found them and have been able to enroll both of my children in their LOFT program from a very young age.
ST Rita School is a place where your child can get an education no matter what the learning disablility or physical disablility is. The school has well qualified staffing in all aspects. They are well trained, have the patients of Saints and is kind and helpful no matter what the problem they will work with you to solve it. My child have done a 360 turn around in behavior and education due to the staffing and the education plan they set to fit his needs.
Our son has been at St. Ritas for 11 years, the school district had told us when he was 4 that due to his apraxia, he would be in a program where he would get a certificate of attendence and get work expereince at McDonald's. Thankfully, we found St. Rita's and he is getting an education.
Outstanding resource for communication impaired children. Teachers maintain a caring,supportive, structured, disciplined environment to develop students emotionally and physically while providing tools for effective communication. I feel truly blessed to have this resource in our community.
My son entered St. Rita's at age 4 1/2 years. At the time, he was almost non-verbal despite our on-going attempts at various speech therapies. Six months later, our friends and family cannot believe the difference in our son and his ability to communicate - both verbally and signing. Not only is he speaking in short full sentences, we are seeing tremendous positive gains with regard to his behavior and attitude. Because of St. Rita's, our son has a voice and a bright future. The staff is warm and caring and the curriculum is first rate. St. Rita's is an amazing school where many, many dreams do come true!
We are fortunate to be living here when we found out our child's diagnosis of apraxia. As previously mentioned by another reviewer, the school really does make the mold fit the child, not the child fit the mold. My child has blossomed, gaining confidence and skills that I know she would not have received anywhere else. It is an amazing place with caring staff. Recommend them very highly.
I have three daughters ranging from 1 - 7. My 7 year old was a part of the LOFT program and pre-school at St. Rita's before moving onto kindergarden at a different school. Ever since she left St. Rita's she has been advanced for her age group. Her reading skills are near the top of her class and she is quick to understand difficult topics including math and science. I contribute her success to the foundations created at St. Rita's. Additionally, the gift of learning a second laungage at such a young age is priceless. My youngest daughter cannot talk yet - but she can use ASL to communicate her basic needs. This is why I continue to send my two younger daughters through the program. I would highly recommend St. Rita's as a top-knotch educationaly institution.
My son started going to St. Rita's when he was just over a year old, he had been diagnosed with a mild hearing loss at birth that progressed to a moderate-severe loss so we decided to enroll him in their LOFT I program for one year olds. It was by far the best decision we have ever made for him. He continues to soar acedemically and impress everyone he meets with his knowledge and signing ability. The teachers and staff there genuinely care about each child and the love and respect that the kids have for them is absolutely evident. He is now in the LOFT II program for the two year olds and just keeps amazing us (and all of our family) with how much he is learning. I can't say enough about the wonderful things St. Rita's has done for him and us, they are an absolutely amazing school and facility in general. My son is keeping up developmentally with his fully hearing peers in the developmental milestones forms from the doctors and agencies we work with, and in some cases is more advanced in his development than expected. I know that he would not be doing so well if he weren't going to St. Rita's.
My son is in his second year at St. Rita School for the Deaf. There are no words to express how much St. Rita's has done for my son. He went from crying all the time with no speech, to expressing what he wants using signs and words. He is now a totally different child, he is happy. I drive a total of 94.20 miles a day to take him to and from the school. I will continue to do this because of the greatness of the school. The teachers are amazing with the children. They treat every child with Love and Respect. Thank you to everyone at St. Rita, you have forever changed our lives!!
ST RITA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HAS BEEN A PLACE OF CARING, SOLICE, AND LAST SOURCE FOR MY SON! MY CHILD NEVER FIT INTO A MOLD, AND ST RITA MADE THE MOLD FIT HIM. WE HAD DISASTROUS EXPERIENCE TRYING TO MAINSTREAN MY SON, AND WHEN WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE IN THE SAME CITY AS ST RITA IS LOCATED, IT BECAME A PLACE OF LAST RESORT, AND NOW IT IS A PLACE OF COMFORT AND PROVIDES THE SUPPORT TO ALLOW MY SON TO REALIZE ALL HIS GOALS AND GIVES HIM THE POSSIBILITY TO BE THE BEST PERSON HE CAN BE. THE STAFF AND OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED PROVIDE THE TYPE OF ENVIORMENT TO MOTIVATE, CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT THEIR STUDENTS, WHILE ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF A DEAF COMMUNITY FOR THE SHORT TIME THEY HAVE IN SCHOOL, AND READIES THEM FOR THE "REAL WORLD". WITHOUT ST RITA I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WOULD HAVE DONE. HE HAS GROWN AND IS GROWING INTO A VERY COMPENTENT YOUNG MAN. THE STRUCTURE THAT THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL PROVIDES ALONG WITH THEIR SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND HISTORY OF EDUCATING THE DEAF MAKES THEM A SPECIAL PLACE THAT HAS SERVED MANY AND WILL CONTINUE WITH HELP TO EDUCATE AND PREPARE THE DEAF COMMUNITY FOR LIFE OUTSIDE THE WALLS AND LOVING HANDS OF ST RITA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF!!
Besides being on the Board and hearing the wonderful programs that St. Rita school for the Deaf has, it has been most gratifying to hear what parents are saying about the services to their children. While we were waiting for the children to perform at the open house, one parent stated that her 6 year old child couldn't speak one word prior to going to St. Rita's. After being there for 3 months she now has a vocabulary of 50 words. Such enthusiasm of parents whose child is in the apraxia program sells the school to parents who have similar children. St. Rita School for the Deaf has gone beyond working with deaf children. The talents and expertise of the faculty in working with the children in the apraxia program, will be spread internationally. They are packaging this program and will share it by giving professional inservice to other educators and by sharing their program materials with them. This program will go far and wide.
St Rita's has been great for my daughter and son. They are 8 months old and are in the Loft I program. My daughter has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She was constantly pulling the hearing aids off and was falling behind in her speech/listening skills (already at 6 months). After attending St Rita's for a month her speech therapist and aural rehabilitation therapist at Children's Hospital said she was doing great and is right where she should be for a normally developing child. She no longer pulls out her hearing aids (unless she is super tired). They are doing wonderfully and they are learning sign. Without scholarship help from St Rita's they would not be able to attend. Their help and support has been amazing. We have made the decision to stay in Cincinnati because of the school.
I am a parent of a child who is deaf.. St. Rita's is an awesome and wonderful school. They provide what my school district cannot; which is an education. My daughter would not be where she is at today; educationally if it weren't for St. Rita's St. Rita's is a wonderful school. NOt only do they focused on deaf and hard of hearing kids they also focus on hearing kids with apraxia. St. Rita's has a program for kids with apraxia and a sign n say prgram..to benefit hearing kids to. They do a festival, a haunted house, and have events throughout the year. I highly reccommending donating to St. Rita's school for the deaf..and if you cannot donate money or anything along the lines of that, then donate your time and volunteer. thanks for your support.
St. Rita School for the Deaf is a wonderful place for children to learn to communicate, access the academic curriculum, and build social networks while making friends for life. The school provides a safe educational environment for children of all backgrounds to develop confidence in their ability to communicate with deaf and hearing peers with a wide variety of unique characteristics. It's a place where everyone has a place.
St. Rita School has taught deaf/hard of hearing children for 95 years. For the past 10 years children with apraxia have been students. Apraxia of speech is a neurological disorder impairing nerual pathways making intelligible speech and legible hand writing very difficult and frustrating. Public schools generally are not equipped to handle these students because they require speech and paper/pencil as the primary forms of communication. St. Rita staff has developed a very unique curriculum highly individualized to aid students in overcoming the frustration of not being able to communicate clearly. Sign language is used in conjuction with speech therapy and is the primary communication vhehicle with all students and staff. This aids the not only in educational progress, but emotional and social development as well. The goal of the new non-profit is to become a national resource center for the education of children with communication disorders so we can make available the success the school has had with students with apraxia to other communities nationally.