Itinerant Teacher Services—Providing Support Right Where They Need It
Clarke’s itinerant teaching service puts an experienced teacher of the deaf at a neighborhood school several times a week to offer assistance to both the student and the teacher. For many students who are deaf or hard of hearing, this personal attention is critical to success. The itinerant teacher’s expertise in hearing loss and its effect on the learning process ensures that any academic or social challenges students face are noticed and addressed immediately. Itinerant teachers observe students in class so they can offer meaningful consultation to teachers. Having an itinerant teacher involved in a student’s program helps put the student, the classroom teacher, the student’s entire school team and the other children at ease so they can all focus on what’s important – learning and growing together.
Read more about our Itinerant Teaching Services on Clarke’s Hear Me Out blog, and check out Mainstream News, our newsletter for educators and families.
Consulting Services—Educating Mainstream Schools
Most 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, caregivers and students through a variety of personalized services which incorporate specific strategies to enhance each student’s communication access and success. Mainstream Services will work with a school’s team to create a customized consulting model that works for that school and the students it serves. Consultants are also available to do a one-time program evaluation and provide deaf and hard of hearing resources.
Transitional Planning—Easing the Transition to the Mainstream
Transitioning from a specialized program, like those available at Clarke, to a mainstream school is a very exciting time for each child and family. 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 of change. Once a school is chosen, a mainstream consultant begins to prepare the staff of the school to receive the student and is available to provide ongoing support through our itinerant services. But it can also raise a lot of questions:
Educational Audiological Management / Acoustical Classroom Evaluations
Families form partnerships with Clarke’s experienced mainstream staff to create a supportive team dedicated to the success and development of each child.
Individualized support for students
Optimized learning environment
Training and coaching for educators and administrators
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