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John

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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 Three Program 

“From the time John was 15 months old, the Clarke team supported, taught, encouraged, believed in and loved John,” says Melissa, John’s mother. “They helped him reach and surpass so many of his listening and spoken language goals and prepared him for his transition to kindergarten.” 

In 2021, John graduated from Clarke’s Preschool Program where he learned to listen and talk. John is an active kindergarten student who enjoys listening to music, reading stories, going to the museum, camping, horseback riding, swimming, riding on amusement park rides—and so much more. 

“Our family will always be grateful for Clarke’s expertise and for preparing John for his academic journey,” notes Melissa. “Even as he starts school in a new building, in a new town, and with new friends, Clarke’s teachers will be there to help and guide him every step of the way.” 

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From left, Molly Schoenfeld, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Clarke speech-language pathologist, in tVISIT sessions with Leah and her mother, Kim

Leah

Leah was diagnosed with bilateral severe sensorineural hearing loss and was just under 10 months old when her family began the tVISIT Program with Clarke in March 2020. A Clarke speech-language pathologist, Molly Schoenfeld, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, led the virtual

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Like most caregivers who discover their child was born with a hearing loss, Nina and Spencer worried at first how their infant daughter would communicate and if she would struggle academically and socially. Thanks to her cochlear implants and a listening and spoken language (LSL) education at Clarke Florida, four-year-old Leighton is an expressive child with a big personality and a budding passion for sports.

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Madeline

Madeline’s diagnosis of moderately severe to profound hearing loss in both ears at the age of 18 months changed her family forever. It instilled a commitment to see “the beauty in the journey” as her siblings and parents became active

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Jaden

Jaden is six years old and a fun and outgoing first grade student who’s bound to always leave you with a smile. He has a sensorineural hearing loss and learned to listen and talk at Clarke Florida. He enjoys learning about the solar system and science experiments — as

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Avani

Avani will attend University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Honors College this fall, a decade and a half after she attended Early Intervention and Preschool Programs at Clarke Florida where she learned to listen and talk. Avani has a bilateral hearing loss

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