What is Mainstreaming?
Because of increased early detection of hearing loss and advances in hearing technology, more and more deaf and hard of hearing children are learning in their neighborhood schools, instead of specialized programs. Mainstreaming is a term used to describe the integration of children with hearing loss into regular school classrooms so they can learn alongside their hearing peers. This now happens at earlier ages than ever before, with many children mainstreaming as early as preschool.
Students who are deaf and hard of hearing can thrive in mainstream classrooms, but it is vital that each student receive the personalized support they need to succeed. Through a variety of individualized services, Clarke works with students, parents and school professionals to provide strategies, support and teaching services to help ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Itinerant Teacher Services - Providing Support Right Where They Need It
Clarke’s itinerant teaching service puts an experienced teacher of the deaf directly in the classroom at a school several times a week to offer assistance to both the student and the teacher. For many students who are deaf or hard or hearing, this personal attention is critical to success. The itinerant teacher’s expertise on hearing loss and its effect on the learning process ensures that any challenges the student is facing are noticed and addressed immediately. Having an itinerant teacher involved in a student’s program helps put the student, the classroom teacher and the other children at ease. So they can all focus on what’s important – learning and growing together.
Consulting Services - Educating Mainstream Schools
Many public and private schools in the United States have had little direct experience with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. When a school is unfamiliar with hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices commonly used by these students, it can be difficult to anticipate the students’ unique needs, both academically and socially. A Mainstream Consultant, who is a trained and experienced teacher of the deaf, provides support and training to school professionals, parents and students through a variety of personalized services which incorporate specific strategies to enhance each student’s academic success. Mainstream Services will work with you to create a customized consulting model that works for your school and the students you serve. Consultants are also available to do a one-time program evaluation.
Transitional Planning - Easing the Transition to the Mainstream
Transitioning from a specialized program like Clarke to a mainstream school is a very exciting time for each child and family, but it can also raise a lot of questions. What kind of support services will my child need? How do we educate our child’s teachers and classmates about hearing loss? What do we do if something unexpected comes up? Mainstream Services helps families lay out a set of steps to follow and offers support and guidance to both students and families during this important time.