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Mainstream Services

Support for students, families, schools and districts

Clarke helps children who are deaf or hard of hearing succeed alongside their hearing peers in school

Mainstream Services

Clarke's Mainstream Services Include:

  • Itinerant Teacher Services
  • Consulting Services
  • Transitional Planning
  • Educational Audiological Management / Acoustical Classroom Evaluations
Mainstream Services

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 or 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.

Mainstream Services

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.

Mainstream Services

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:

Mainstream Services

Educational Audiological Management / Acoustical Classroom Evaluations

Educational audiologists are uniquely qualified to support students in the mainstream to assure they have auditory access to the information in all learning environments. They work directly with students, caregivers, classroom teachers, the itinerant teacher of the deaf, support personnel and administrators as part of the educational team. Our educational audiologists can also address the acoustical challenges that impact your staff and students and offer recommendations for minimizing these challenges.

Outcomes

Families form partnerships with Clarke’s experienced staff to create a supportive team dedicated to the success and development of each child.

Individualized support for students
Individualized support for students
Optimized learning environment
Optimized learning environment
Training and coaching for educators and administrators
Training and coaching for educators and administrators
Family guidance
Family guidance

Our Stories

Leighton

Like most caregivers who discover their child was born with a hearing loss, Nina and Spencer worried at first how...

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John

John was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at birth during his newborn hearing screening. In 2017, John’s parents enrolled him in Clarke Birth to Age...

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Dexter

Dexter has a single-sided profound hearing loss and wears a bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) to help access sound. He started attending Clarke New York’s...

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