Programs & Services

Clarke’s Boston area campus provides a variety of programs and services for children from birth to age 5.

NEW! t VISIT: Telepractice Virtual Intervention Services

Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to deliver professional services at a distance. Clarke’s new t VISIT program provides telepractice early intervention services (t VISITs) to families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss. t VISITs are administered over the Internet using a personal computer and videoconferencing technology (i.e., Skype). Available at our Boston and Northampton campuses. Learn more about t ViSITs.

Birth to 3 Programs - It’s Never Too Early to Start

Newborn hearing screening and advances in technology (like digital hearing aids and cochlear implants) are helping children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk at earlier ages than ever before. At Clarke, parents receive the tools and support they need to facilitate their baby’s development and make the most of those important years before preschool. Parents discover how to enrich their baby’s life with meaningful sound and language through individualized audition, speech and language sessions, collaborative family services and parent groups. Families learn strategies to support language development through play, speech and listening activities and share experiences and questions with other families in a supportive environment. As children reach age three, our staff assists families in exploring options and planning for the transition to age three services to find the best match for each child and family. Our goal is to help parents connect with their child and provide the skills needed to help them grown, learn and reach their full potential.

Preschool/Kindergarten - Learning as a Family

During the preschool years, the family continues to be the most influential factor in a child’s life. Families are actively involved in learning through frequent communication, classroom observations, participation in school activities and parent workshops/support groups. Stimulating classroom activities enhance children’s listening, speech, language and pre-literacy skills while fostering their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative development. Children engage in creative problem solving, discovery, exploration, reasoning and hands-on activities in a fun, nurturing environment.

Preschool and kindergarten students come to Clarke’s Boston area campus five days per week and participate in class groups of four to eight students in classrooms designed for the unique acoustical needs of children with hearing loss. Children also receive speech and language therapy every day, facilitated by a speech and language pathologist or teacher of the deaf.

Cochlear Implant Habilitation

Clarke provides cochlear implant habilitation to infants, toddlers and young children who are receiving a first or second cochlear implant. Through individual audition, speech and language sessions with the parent and child, Clarke staff uses specialized techniques and strategies to help children learn to fully utilize their cochlear implants and gain as much access to sound and language as possible.