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November 29, 2011Sale of property enables Clarke to launch new initiatives, expand programs, and serve more children, families, and schools. Today, the Board of Trustees of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech announced that it has reached an initial agreement to sell most of its Northampton property to the OPAL Real Estate Group of Springfield, MA. Clarke’s headquarters and the majority of its programs and administrative offices will remain on Round Hill Road.[More]

November 22, 2011—Get student-designed holiday cards and benefit Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech![More]

November 21, 2011—This article was featured in the September/October 2011 issue of The Mainstream News. Clarke publishes The Mainstream News five times per school year as a resource for educators and families. Timely, practical articles help professionals and parents provide students with effective support and access in educational settings. Subscribe today.

Sound Advice

(from The Mainstream News) Students who use hearing aids or cochlear implants and FM systems depend upon them to gain better access to information and communication throughout the day. In order for students to receive optimal benefit from these devices and develop good listening skills, the equipment needs to be appropriately fit, worn consistently and in good working order. Audiological management is a key component to a student’s educational program, but what this support looks like often varies, ranging from thorough and consistent monitoring to sporadic check-ins. In addition, we often find students using unsuitable or broken equipment on school visits. Whether receiving a new student with hearing loss or working with one or more returning students, it is important to have an effective system in place for purchasing, monitoring and troubleshooting equipment, as well as educating staff and students on proper use. With a new school year underway, Clarke Hearing Center audiologists encourage school teams to consider the following:


November 21, 2011—(from Six books sit beneath a wooden paperweight made from an old ruler in Judith Sexton’s office at Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Bryn Mawr. The faded curriculum guides represent Sexton’s connection to Clarke long before she became the director of Clarke Schools’ Pennsylvania campus six years ago. Printed on the covers of the books are the words, "Clarke School for the Deaf."[More]

November 8, 2011—My son Patrick was born and raised in rural Western Massachusetts, but these days he’s a regular at the Museum of Modern Art, an expert on the best New York coffee shops, and even rides the subway like a pro. As a soon-to-be second year student at Pace University, he has enthusiastically made New York City his town. I won’t lie; I was a little nervous at the prospect of my first-born son living alone in the big city, but Patrick has never been afraid of new experiences. His enthusiasm for life is contagious.[More]

September 26, 2011—The Literacy Puzzle: The 32nd Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss, will take place on October 20-21, 2011 at the Sheraton Springfield at Monarch Place in Springfield, MA. The conference is hosted by Clarke Mainstream Services, which provides direct service and professional support to students with hearing loss, their families and schools through consulting and itinerant teaching services. This past school year, more than 1,900 educators, teachers-in-training, parents and specialists benefited from Clarke Mainstream Services workshops, publications and Comprehensive Educational Evaluations.[More]

September 21, 2011—Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech has announced the appointment of Dr. Barbara Hecht as the next director of the Clarke Boston-area campus. Dr. Hecht is a nationally recognized expert in early childhood deafness, language intervention, and parent and professional education.

Dr. Hecht has had an accomplished career as an educator, professor, advocate, innovator in distance learning, and most recently, as the President of John Tracy Clinic (JTC) in Los Angeles. Since 1942, JTC has been providing services to families of children with hearing loss free of charge. While there, Dr. Hecht oversaw all programs, services, and strategic planning.


August 29, 2011—(text reprinted from AG Bell website) Self-advocacy in children with hearing loss will permeate many aspects of the child's life. Once it has been determined that the family's desired outcome is to have their child take advantage of the technology that is available to them, fostering self-advocacy can be woven into the routines of every day family life as well as into early childhood curriculum. As many parents of children with hearing loss will attest, the introduction of the amplification system, either hearing aids or cochlear implants, can be a frustrating time in the journey. Even though logic dictates that the more the child wears the device, the sooner the child will recognize its value, and the sooner he/she will accept the amplification and begin to embrace its use, for many families it is a difficult time.[More]

August 8, 2011—Max Schmidt, a student in Clarke’s K-8 program, is the artist behind the large origami flowers that adorn many of the offices and classrooms at Clarke’s Northampton campus. Max got interested in origami after receiving an origami calendar and researching other crafts. “He was determined to learn how to make them and found a tutorial on YouTube. He just kept at it until he had it perfect!” says Joanne Schmidt, Max’s mom.

July 29, 2011—Clarke Mainstream Services is pleased to announce open registration for The Literacy Puzzle: the 32nd Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss. The Conference will be held on October 20 and 21, 2011 at the Sheraton in Springfield, MA.[More]